FALL RIVER (WBSM) — Two juveniles face charges after Fall River Police broke up a group congregating near a convenience store and discovered one of the youths allegedly had a gun.

According to police, members of the Vice, Intelligence and Gang Unit were patrolling the Flint section of Fall River on June 23 when they noticed a group of people congregating near a convenience store.

Police said that as they watched the group, members of the group noticed the officers and then went into a nearby alley. When officers went to the alley to speak with them, they said two males ran in the direction of Pleasant Street.

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After chasing them on foot for several blocks, a 16-year-old male was taken into custody in the area of Choate Street and Alden Street, and police said he had a loaded 9mm Hi-Point firearm on him at the time of his arrest.

The second male, a 17-year-old, was taken into custody in the area of Alden Street and Harrison Street.

Police said the 16-year-old is charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license to carry, receiving a firearm with defaced serial number, carrying a firearm without a license to carry, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

The 17-year-old is charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

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