RACINE — An 18-year-old Racine man is facing charges after he allegedly brought a semi-automatic gun to a local community center.
Terry T. Canady, 18, of the 1800 block of Franklin Street, faces charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, a felony; a repeat offense of carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor; and possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of grounds of a school, a forfeiture offense punishable by a fine.
On July 9, Racine police responded to the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st St., which is managed by the City of Racine, is a posted gun-free zone, and is located near the Stephen Bull Fine Arts and Racine Montessori schools.
Officers detained Canady as he attempted to leave the area and found he was carrying a backpack, inside of which a Cobra semi-automatic pistol could be seen. When questioned, Canady admitted to not having a concealed-carry permit, and police learned that Canady was still on probation for a felony possession with intent to deliver THC conviction from earlier this year.
According to police, “Canady stated that he carries the gun with him for protection and typically carries it with him when he attends group functions with large groups of people.”
Police confiscated the weapon and found that the gun was loaded with one live round already in the chamber.
Canady remained in custody as of Tuesday at the Racine County Jail. He has been assigned a preliminary hearing on July 19 in Racine County Circuit Court.