Federal agents were still seeking to interview a Virginia woman late Monday who legally purchased a machine-pistol used by a street peddler last week in a fatal shootout with police in Times Square, officials said.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms said agents wanted to interview Jordan Kelsey-Stewart about her purchase of the MAC-10 and the circumstances under which it was stolen on Oct. 18 from a car in Richmond, Va.
Police said the gun, which Raymond Martinez used to fire two shots at police in Times Square last Thursday before he was shot dead by Sgt. Christopher Newsom, had been legally bought from a dealer in Powhatan, Va.
"We know who bought the gun," said ATF spokesman Joe Green in New York. "We wanted to know how and why it was reported stolen."
Green and other officials said investigators are trying to determine if the gun may have been illegally trafficked to New York. According to Green, any movement of a weapon from the state of original purchase in any space of time less than two years could be an indication of illegal firearms trafficking. No one has been accused of that crime in this case, according to police.
Martinez ran from police conducting an anti-crime patrol in Times Square when they asked him to show a state tax stamp related to the music CDs he was selling with his brother, according to investigators. Martinez was suspected in the past of using a con game to get tourists to purchase the music, police said.
Fleeing up Broadway, Martinez, 25, fired two shots from the MAC-10 when it jammed as he was in the driveway of the Marriott Marquis. Newsom identified himself as a cop and then fired at Martinez, hitting him four times, according to witnesses.