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. He 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."
-- Staff writer Terry Rombeck can be reached at 832-7145.