State Police and the Middlesex Count District Attorney's office report that ten adults and a teenarger were charged with a variety of gun charges for the standoff that shut Rte. 128 in Wakefield and sent nearby residential areas into lockdown for several hours yesterday.
The 11 members of Rise of the Moors, from Rhode Island, the Bronx, Baldwin, NY and Detroit, were each charged with eight counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, use of body armor in commission of a crime, possession of a high-capacity magazine, improper storage of firearms in a vehicle and conspiracy to commit a crime, authorities say.
Authorities say the heavily armed men, in two vehicles told troopers they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for "training." According to State Police and the DA's office:
None of the men, who were dressed in military fatigues and body armor and were armed with long guns and pistols, has a license to carry firearms. Troopers have recovered eight firearms thus far: three AR-15 rifles; two pistols; a bolt-action rifle; a shotgun; and a short barrel rifle.
Two of the adults refused to identify themselves, authorities say.