Spokane police arrested six teenagers early Saturday after an undercover officer saw one of the youths loading a handgun in the front seat of a car.
Police said officers in an unmarked police car pulled next to the car at Riverside and Stevens and saw the teenager with the gun.
Officers in a marked patrol car stopped the car at Fifth and McClellan just after midnight.
They found a .22 semiautomatic handgun, two magazines for the weapon, several rounds of ammunition, a number of spent shell casings, a knife and a pair of brass knuckles, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.
The teenagers told police the 17-year-old boy with the gun had fired a half-dozen or more shots in the downtown area.
They said the boy was “just the type to do this,” and that he thought “he could get away with anything,” Cottam said.
The 17-year-old was arrested on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment. The other five youths were charged with complicity in first-degree reckless endangerment.
The six teenagers, who ranged in age from 14 to 17 years, were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center. , DataTimes MEMO: Cut in Spokane edition