NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police busted a packed party bus and arrested more than a dozen people after they were alerted to social media posts showing some passengers board posing with firearms, police said.
The bus, loaded with more than 40 people for a birthday party, was stopped around 12:30 a.m. near the Brooklyn waterfront, police said. At least 14 people were taken into custody, including several juveniles, police said. Eight loaded handguns were recovered.
Police are looking into whether some of the people arrested have gang affiliations. An NYPD violent crimes squad intercepted the party bus after officers specializing in addressing youth crime were told of posts on Snapchat and Instagram that showed people on the bus with guns.
Police have not released the names of the people who were arrested. Charges against them are pending, police said.