A Bronx cop who stopped a man in a Mercedes for parking in a bus lane found five guns on the driver, who is the suspected shooter in a separate attempted murder case, according to court documents and law-enforcement sources.
Tyrell Livingston, 27, had returned from Virginia the day before when he was pulled over with the weapons in the South Bronx on Wednesday afternoon, according to a criminal complaint.
Police were investigating if he had trafficked the handguns, four 9 millimeters and a .45-caliber pistol, including two brand new pieces that were still in their boxes, law enforcement sources said.
The surprise bust happened when Livingston was double parked in the bus lane in front of the Opera House Hotel on East 49th Street near Brook Avenue at about 12:40 p.m. when the cop stopped him and asked for his license, according to a criminal complaint.
“I don’t have a driver license on me. I’m suspended. I got pulled over last night in Virginia, the officer took my license and didn’t give it back,” he told the cop, according to the criminal complaint.
The officer searched the car and found the loaded .45 Springfield XDE pistol tucked under the driver’s seat, along with the four 9 millimeter handguns in a backpack with a cache of ammo and magazines, including one high-capacity magazine, according to the criminal complaint.
Livingston was arrested and hit with nine weapons charges, along with a traffic infraction and a marijuana charge, according to court papers.
At the time of the arrest, he was out on $100,000 bail for allegedly shooting at a rival in front of a Manhattan public housing project on July 24, according to court records.
Livingston told police after the shooting that several people had jumped him near the Fulton Houses on 19th Street near Ninth Avenue, according to a criminal complaint.
He allegedly stored a handgun in a plastic bag that he left hanging on the building’s fence, then grabbed it and squeezed off nine rounds at one of men who had beat him up, according to the complaint.
Livingston made bail after being charged with attempted murder for the Manhattan shooting, but was remanded after his arraignment on the gun charges in the Bronx, a spokesperson for the District Attorney said.
An attorney for Livingston did not immediately respond.