Police in Charlotte are not sure yet what to make of who and what they found in a car parked on a country road near Charlotte Douglas Airport early Sunday morning.
"Police officers came by and gave us some warning that there was some pretty bad characters below the house," said Duce Rushing, who lives on Garrison Road where officers found the car.
Officers found two people in the car: a 19-year-old woman and 33-year-old Gifford Cordova -- a man who had helped launch Charlotte's Occupy movement last year.
But it was what they found in the car that got their attention.
Three guns -- a handgun, rifle and shotgun along with live ammunition – were found in the car along with, according to police sources, notes from the NATO meeting in Chicago in May where mostly peaceful protests turned violent on the final day.
Sources also said there was evidence that Cordova and his female companion had taken pictures of buildings in uptown Charlotte. Officials cannot say why, though.
No one in the police department is commenting publicly but privately, sources said what they found does raise questions and perhaps even concerns that have filtered back to people in that community.
"I heard they were with some movement who was going to be protesting the DNC," Rushing said.
For now, Cordova is only facing several misdemeanor weapons and drug charges. Cordova could not be reached on Wednesday to comment on the case.