Police Ask Gun Shops For Info In Serial Killer Case

Police Believe Same Killer Took Lives Of Four Women

POSTED: 5:04 pm EDT July 8, 2010

UPDATED: 5:54 pm EDT July 8, 2010 BEACH, Fla. —

// Police in Daytona Beach have asked area gun shops to provide the personal information of everyone who bought a certain type of handgun in 2004 and 2005.  Police believe four women killed between December 2004 and January 2008 were shot by the same killer.  Laquetta Gunther, Julie Green, Iwana Patten and Stacey Gage were all shot with the same gun, according to police, so finding the person with that gun is vital to their investigation. Daytona Beach police sent a letter to gun shop owners asking for names, addresses, birth dates and phone numbers of anyone who bought a specific Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun.  The co-owner of Buck’s Guns, Scott Buckwald, said he complied because investigators only wanted specific info to solve a very serious case. “I made my records available to them,” Buckwald said. “It appeared to me the police were doing a specific investigation looking for a specific gun, a specific model there. They didn’t come in on a fishing expedition.” Still, the police request has riled the National Rifle Association. A spokesperson in Tallahasse called the request a clear “violation of gun owner rights.” Some shoppers in the store did not want to speak on camera, but felt if they ended up on such a list, they’d be unfairly labeled suspects in a string of unsolved murders.

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