Homeless man is accused of collecting submachine guns, silencers and handguns
Richard Cunningham was homeless. But he wasn’t gun-less, police allege.
Deputies found a cache of weapons at his Harbor City encampment, including: two fully operational submachine guns, four handguns, two makeshift silencers and numerous rounds of ammunition, according to Det. Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
FOR THE RECORD: A previous version of this post referred to some of the weapons found as machine guns. They are submachine guns.
Cunningham, 59, did not legally own the weapons, Pope said.
Deputies discovered the guns Saturday while patrolling near Doble Avenue and Lomita Boulevard. They found a homeless encampment on private property and went in to inspect it.
That’s when Cunningham stepped out of a tent. As deputies investigated the area, they found the trove of weapons, Pope said.
It is unclear how Cunningham came to possess the arsenal.
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