A man smoking marijuana with an acquaintance at the Port Authority bus terminal allegedly said, "Let's off some cops" and showed the friend a gun inside his bag, law enforcement sources say.
The two men were smoking and talking inside the bus terminal Wednesday night when the 18-year-old suspect allegedly uttered the menacing phrase as Port Authority police officers walked by.
The acquaintance, a homeless man, became startled and made an excuse to walk away. He then went to find some Port Authority officers, the sources said.
The officers took Hunter Lee Taylor, who is from Florida, into custody and found a revolver loaded with five hollow-point bullets inside his bag. He was transferred to Manhattan Central Booking on Thursday morning.
The man who turned in Taylor lives at Samaritan Village, a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, sources say. He was interviewed by police and released.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office in Florida told NBC 4 New York that Taylor has been wanted for questioning in connection with a drive-by shooting.
Taylor pleaded not guilty Thursday night at his arraignment. He was remanded to jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. There was no information about whether he had obtained a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.