Zip guns are dangerous and shockingly easy to make, according to police. One New Haven resident has been making them and has been doing it for a while. These homemade weapons were powerful enough to kill.
New Haven police found a zip gun on one of three juveniles arrested in a pair of East Rock robberies over the weekend.
Detectives later arrested a fourth teen on Mountain Ridge Terrace. The juvenile, whose name is not being released due to his age, was accused of making and selling up to a dozen different fully functioning zip guns for $200 apiece.
According to investigators, the minor arrested for making the zip guns has been doing it for years and sold the weapons to suspects who are accused of robbing people in the East Rock section of the city.
Police said the teen is highly intelligent. Officers believe he's been building them since he was 7, and is fascinated by the mechanics of the manufacturing process. They don't think the teen ever used them himself, but the boy is known to police.
Police said they have the same impact as a shotgun blast and can cause problems for those pulling the trigger too, because of the risk of backfiring.
At that home of the suspected gunmaker, another assembled gun, a partially assembled gun and components intended for assembly were seized by police.
Police are asking for the public to come forward if you know of anyone in possession of such a dangerous weapon.
Anyone with information is asked to call the New Haven Police Department's Major Crimes Unit at 203-946-6304, or the New Haven Police Tips Line at 203-946-2875. All calls will remain anonymous.
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