NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police took an illegal firearm off the street Wednesday, following an investigation after receiving reports of shots fired in the 60-block of Austin Street.

Police responded to a report at about 1:40 a.m. of shots fired, and to a Shotspotter activation in the area at about 1:47 a.m. When police searched the area, they overheard an argument between a male and female.

Based on the conversation, police determined the male had fired a gun out the window at 69 Austin Street.

A search of the residence uncovered a 9-millimeter firearm, improperly unlocked and unsecured. The firearm had one live round in the chamber, one live round in the magazine, and four live loose rounds in close proximity to the firearm.

Police charged Mikayel Williams-Faucher, 20, of 69 Austin St., New Bedford, with possession of a firearm without a license, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm, discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building and disorderly conduct.

--New Bedford Police