STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two men charged with carrying pellet rifles near a Stratford school say they were wrong.
Joel Albornoz told the Connecticut Post that carrying the rifles less than three weeks after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot in a Newtown school was not a good idea.
Chukwuemeke Onyerikwu said he spoke in anger when he told police that if he were going to shoot children, "don't you think I would have already?"
The 19-year-old Onyerikwu says he was angry police thought he and the three others were criminals.
The incident prompted a lockdown at a Stratford middle school.
Albornoz, Onyerikwu, Oladipupo Sule and Ghalib Sanni, who are local college students, were arrested Tuesday with pellet rifles and two pistols that shoot plastic projectiles.
They were charged with possession of dangerous weapons and other offenses.