Sunday, August 12, 2012
Sub-machine gun, assault rifles seized from above Negro Storefront West Side church
On Aug. 5, like every Sunday morning, New Alpha Church Pastor Allen Hickman asked the Lord to protect the good folks gathered there from the shooting, robbing and drug dealing that plague the Austin neighborhood where they worship.
At 3:35 p.m — about two hours after services concluded — the Lord answered their prayers.
Acting on a tip, Chicago police gang officers with a search warrant raided an apartment directly above the church sanctuary at 5512 W. Division.
Inside, police confiscated a cache of guns including a Kel Tech sub-machine gun, an AR-15 assault rifle, a collapsible assault rifle, a sawed off shot gun, two handguns, including a 9mm semi-automatic loaded with eight bullets, and three pit bulls that were trained as fighting dogs, authorities said.
Isaac Lindsey, 28, a member of the Four Corner Hustler street gang, was charged with six felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, three felony counts of training fighting dogs and seven misdemeanor charges that include failing to register the weapons and animal cruelty, authorities said. Lindsey lived in the apartment but wasn’t on the lease, Hickman said.
“One of the bullets could have gone right through the floor and it would have been right in the sanctuary. This was something to be afraid of. It could have been so tragic,” Hickman said. “We know the Lord was protecting us.”
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