A machine gun was found inside a closet at New York’s JFK Airport on Thursday and authorities are trying to figure out who the gun belongs to and how long it’s been there.
The Mac-11 subcompact machine pistol was found during renovation work at Terminal One, an international terminal used by Air France, Turkish Airlines, Korean Air and others, according to WABC-TV.
An electrician doing work found the machine gun in the ceiling of a maintenance closet. No ammunition was found with the gun.
The New York Daily News reports that after finding the weapon, the contractor immediately alerted Port Authority police, who then took the gun, which is capable of discharging a 32-round magazine in less than two seconds.
The police said they are trying to trace where the firearm came from and how long it’s been inside the closet.
“The PAPD is investigating whether the weapon is even operable,” officials said in a statement. “There was no ammunition in or near the weapon.”
The office in the terminal where the gun was found hasn’t been upgraded or renovated since the late 1990s — so the gun could have been hidden there for years, a source told the New York Daily News.
WABC-TV noted that Port Authority police are investigating but are "not even slightly" concerned that this is part of some plot.