WASHINGTON (CNN/WUSA) -- A man in Washington D.C. ordered a flat screen TV from a third party vendor through Amazon.com and what came in the mail was a shock. The box contained a high powered rifle!
Seth Horvitz says, "Even as I opened it there were some metal parts and I thought, 'Oh, maybe these go with the TV?' And then of course as I opened the foam up a little further, it was kind of a huge shock to see that this was a military-grade rifle."
Horvitz is still trying to process how a UPS driver could drop off such a deadly weapon on his doorstep and in a city where these kinds of guns are illegal. He says, "How could this happen? How could this mix-up happen?"
The UPS label did have Horvitz's name and address on it, but the invoice inside the box was made out to a gun store in Pennsylvania. Seth didn't know what to do. He knew that simply having this gun was illegal in dc. He also knew it's illegal to drive with it in your car, even if you're driving to a police station. So Seth called police and they came out to his apartment. Horvitz says, "Not something they encounter every day, for sure."
DC police confiscated the weapon and they say they're still investigating how it ended up at Seth's apartment. It turns out it was a top of the line Sig Sauer sig716, a high caliber, semi-automatic rifle that sells for over $2,000. Seth got it for free, but he doesn't want to keep it. He just wanted a new TV but now he wants something else. He says, "I would like to know how this type of mixup could take place, especially what's going recently, these mass shootings. I don't want to be in a situation where this type of weapon can just show up on someone's doorstep accidentally. I would like to see more precautions taken."