November 29, 2005
Investigators say an important part of catching the Huddle House killer is tracking down his weapon. And they’re asking the public to call them if you know someone who owns an AK or SKS-type weapon. News 12 talks with a gun expert on the difficulty of tracking down that gun and what you can look for.
After years of teaching shooting in the military and owning Sydney’s Depot Store, Steve Fishman knows his weapons.
“Top of the weapon has ejection force, everything else. Straight blow black pull back with an intricate magazine,” Fishman said.
This is an SKS, one of the two weapons police think the Huddle House murderer may have used. The other possibility, the gunman may have used this, an AK weapon.
“Ejects off the side, not off the front,” Fishman said.
But finding the exact murder weapon could be a challenge.
“If you took that type-56 or the AK-47 style weapons and you added up all that are in this country right now, there would probably be between 500-600,000,” Fishman said.
So how easy is it to get one of these guns? Well, if you don’t have a criminal background and are over the age of 18, with a background check you could get one in 15 minutes. And almost anyone can shoot them as well.
The wolf ammunition the shooter used is also common.
“They have their work cut out for them, they truly have their work cut out for them,” Fishman said.
But Steve knows investigators are weapon experts too and believes they’ll find the rifle.
“Every police agency in the area is tracking down and following up on every lead that comes to them, working overtime to find that needle in a haystack,” Fishman said.
And finding that needle could mean a suspect behind bars.