Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -
The weapon 20-year-old Adam Lanza used to kill more than two dozen people, including 20 innocent children, was a popular assault-style rifle similar to the one used in another mass shooting this year.
With a quick internet search, you can see plenty of videos of a Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic rifle in action.
This is the same type of gun 20-year-old Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.
"The Bushmaster is a semiautomatic civilian version of an AR-15 rifle. Nothing special. Nothing particular. It's one of the more popular selling firearms. There have been millions of them manufactured," said Georgia Loan and Gun owner Steven Drew.
This isn't the first time an AR-15-type rifle has been used in a mass shooting.
James Holmes killed 12 people in July after he open fire in a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado.
"It's light weight, it holds a lot of shots and it doesn't recoil a lot. It's a very, very good gun and a lot of people choose it for home defense," said Drew.
Following Friday's shooting, many asked the question, why is this type of gun on the streets?
Drew says the gun and its ammunition are mainly used for hunting small animals.
"This is a .223, which is the cartridge an AR-15 or a bushmaster would shoot. This cartridge was originally designed to be a varmint cartridge like to shoot wood chucks, gophers, and coyotes. That is what that cartridge is suitable for," said Drew.
But Drew also admits the gun can cause mass casualties in the wrong hands.
"I think if what you are trying to do is kill a lot of people then you would choose something that would be a good tool for that," said Drew.
Drew stresses that responsible gun owners know the shooting was senseless.
I hope that everyone understands that law abiding gun owners are absolutely horrified and disgusted and just in shock like the rest of the nation is.
He says Lanza is responsible for these deaths and guns, themselves, are not to blame.
Connecticut police say Lanza used a Glock 10-milimeter to kill himself. He also had a Sig Sauer on him and a shotgun was found in the trunk of his car.
All of those guns were legally owned by Lanza's mother whom he killed before going to the school.