Weapon found used in double shooting

The search for the gun used in yesterday's double shooting in Clay County is now over.

After four hours of searching, the weapon was found in a pond in the Letterbox area of Jackson County.

Police say 21-year-old Jeremy Fusner shot 20-year-old Jonathan Lucas and 20-year-old Michael Jones at a home on Roots Branch Road in Clay County.

Fusner's step-father discarded the gun for him in hopes of protecting his step-son.

Leroy Botkins did what he thought would protect his step-son.

"I threw it out there to get rid of it," said Botkins.

"The suspect and a family member drove into Jackson County to another family member's home. And pretty close to the family member's home is where they discarded the weapon," said Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson.

The search for the gun ended Friday afternoon.

Crews uncovered the weapon after four hours of searching in a nearly five-foot deep pond.

Botkins told police he threw his British 303 rifle his step-son used in this pond nearly 50 feet out.

Botkins says he hopes his help finding the gun keeps him out of trouble.

"I feel bad about it. I caused them all this trouble everything. I'm just trying to help them," said Botkins.

Police officials say the gun will be used as evidence for the investigation.

Fusner is lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

He is charged with first and fourth degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment.

The conditions of the victims are unknown at this time.


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