College student accused of selling dozens of loaded guns to undercover NYPD cop

He went from getting A’s — to facing Class B felonies.

A Tennessee college student — who once made the dean’s list — was arrested in New York for allegedly selling dozens of loaded guns to an undercover police officer, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Bronx native Shakor Rodriguez, 23, faces a total of 304 counts, including criminal sale of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon, from two indictments, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said.

Rodriguez, also known as “Sha,” was attending Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., when he allegedly smuggled scores of firearms into the Big Apple, stashing them in duffle bags and at times transporting them by bus.

He’s accused of selling 73 guns, 59 of them loaded, to an undercover cop between July 17, 2020 and Dec. 22, 2021 — while apparently keeping up a 3.5 GPA for at least part of that time.

A “merit page” from his university states that he was one of 2,000 students named to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the Fall 2020 semester.

Bronx native Shakor Rodriguez is accused of selling 73 guns to an undercover cop.
Bronx native Shakor Rodriguez is accused of selling 73 guns to an undercover cop.
Shakor Rodriguez
Shakor Rodriguez was attending Austin Peay State University in Tennessee while allegedly smuggling weapons into NYC.

Most of the weapons were sold near Rodriguez’s old stomping grounds on Weeks Avenue, or on Allen Street in the Lower East Side, prosecutors said.

Authorities are still investigating how and where Rodriguez allegedly got the weapons, which an undercover then bought for between $1,000 and $1,500 a pop.

Several of them were semi-automatic weapons, and at least four “are considered assault weapons,” District Attorney Darcel Clark said.

Firearms trafficked by Shakor Rodriguez are displayed in a photo released by the Bronx District Attorney's Office, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
Shakor Rodriguez apparently sold 59 loaded weapons to an undercover NYPD officer.
Shakor Rodriguez
Rodriguez made the dean’s list at Austin Peay State University during the Fall 2020 semester.
A social media photo shows alleged gun trafficker Shakor Rodriguez smoking a cigarette while holding a rifle.
Most of the guns were allegedly sold near Weeks Avenue.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez allegedly also hawked more than 40 high-capacity magazines, including multiple “drum” magazines. That’s the same type of ammunition magazine used by Lashawn McNeil to shoot and kill NYPD officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora in Harlem last week.

Rodriguez was arrested Dec. 22 in The Bronx, as part of the more than year-long sting operation, dubbed “Operation Overnight Express.” He was arraigned the next day on the first indictment and remanded into custody.

A since-closed GoFundMe page called “Bring Shakor Home” was created for him on Dec. 27, raising almost $300.

“I would not have expected that of him,” said Loretta Cook, a Bronx resident who said she watched Rodriguez “grow up” in the neighborhood.

“He wasn’t a thug, he was respectful,” said Cook, who recognized Rodriguez from a photo and described him as “quiet, low-profile.”

This is the handgun and high-capacity magazine used by Lawshawn McNeil to shoot and kill NYPD Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora,
Rodriguez allegedly smuggled guns with high capacity “drum” magazines.
Firearms trafficked by Shakor Rodriguez are displayed in a photo released by the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
Rodriguez was arrested as part of a sting operation.

Rodriguez was arraigned Monday on the second indictment, and is due back in court on Jan. 31.

His Legal Aid attorney, Eric Scott, declined to comment on the case.

His bust comes amid a state and local crackdown on illegal firearms being trafficked into the Big Apple.

Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark
Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark claimed Rodriguez sold “assault weapons.”

“The NYPD worked diligently to intercept these deadly weapons before they hit our streets,” Clark said in a statement. “Bronxites are dying from gunfire and we cannot tolerate one more illegal gun in our community.”

Additional reporting by Catalina Gonella

Per: NYP

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