Two men arrested at gunpoint Friday afternoon in downtown Lawrence had just been using a new gun for target practice, police said Saturday.
Police were called to Morning Dove Court, in northwest Lawrence, about 4:20 p.m. Friday when a resident reported hearing gunshots.
About 15 minutes later, at Ninth and Vermont streets, officers stopped a black four-door car matching the description of one seen in Morning Dove Court. They arrested two men Lewis Cox Jr., 28, and Skyland Love, 22, both of Lawrence.
Initially, police didn't know what the men had been shooting with the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun. But on Saturday, Sgt. Dave Hubbel said the men had been firing at a cup in a brush pile that was behind a friend's house.
"They had just gotten the gun and said, 'Let's see if we can hit anything,'" Hubbel said.
Shell casings and a bullet found at the scene verified the men's story, he said.
Love was issued a notice to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court for discharging a firearm in the city.
Cox was booked into the Douglas County Jail on a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic charge, Hubbel said. Cox also was booked for suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He had a small amount of the drug and a pipe, Hubbel said. Cox was released Friday night after posting bonds totaling $1,150.
The Douglas County District Attorney's office will determine whether to charge Cox with discharging a firearm, Hubbel said.
"It was pretty much an uneventful thing," he added. "Both of them were very cooperative. We had no problems."