Early reports flooded the airwaves that the majority of the wounded and killed in yesterday’s deadly Navy were hit using an AR-15… The only problem with that is that it doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.
The AR-15 is a semi-automatic weapon that has long been a target of gun control advocates. Sources are now stating that they recovered 3 weapons from the scene: one shotgun and two handguns that they believed were taken off security guards by the shooter, Aaron Alexis.
While past mass shootings have been carried out with AR-15s, the Navy Yard tragedy proves that sick and twisted people will go to any end to inflict mass damage.
It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.
A U.S. law enforcement official said Monday that gunman Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets using an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun.
Authorities believed the AR-15 was used for most of the shooting, the official said. The news prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, to issue a statement the same day asking, “When will enough be enough?”
However, federal law enforcement sources told CNN Tuesday that authorities have recovered three weapons from the scene of the mass shooting, including one — a shotgun — that investigators believe Alexis brought in to the compound. The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex.
The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect. It is believed that Alexis had rented an AR-15, but returned it before Monday morning’s shootings. Authorities are still investigating precisely how many weapons Alexis had access to and when.