Florence Super 8 shooting: How did they get the guns?
Lt. Roger Allen first responded to this Super 8 on Tuesday to reports of drug activity (FOX19)
Police say they found the following guns inside the hotel room: MAC-11 (left), Uzi (top right), Uzi (bottom right) (Photo: FOX19)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) -
Lt. Roger Allen first responded to a Super 8 on Tuesday to reports of drug activity. The smell of marijuana was coming from a second floor room. Once inside he found three teenagers, three small children and a lot of weapons.
Police say a 16-year-old boy identified by the coroner as Richard Lee Patton, Jr. first fired rounds at Lt. Roger Allen on the second floor of the Super 8 hotel Tuesday morning before running down to the first floor where he took his own life. Radio traffic from moments later describes officers finding multiple weapons at scene.
Officer: "Description of our shooter according to a subject we have coming out. Male black, with dreads and they said he had AK47, they also believe he's wounded on the first floor somewhere."
Officer: "We're getting reports from one that was rushed out here there is a MAC-11 or an Uzi laying on the ground near 238 with the door propped open.”
Officer: "I have the room and I have both weapons here."
"To have a MAC-11 or an Uzi or an AK47 is really unusual,” says Jeffrey Hawkins, a police and security expert.
Hawkins tells FOX19 NOW these weapons are usually only used in combat or by gangs and criminals. They are weapons that are sold and traded on the black market regularly for their fire power. While these particular weapons are rare to see, Hawkins says he isn't surprised guns got in the hands of teens.
"No matter how young you are, if they are involved in criminal activity they are introduced to the gun world very quickly,” said Hawkins.
Hawkins says with such serious weapons at the scene police took the right steps to keep everyone safe calling it a serious situation that could have been much worse.
"They had a very coordinated plan when all of this started so overall they really did a good job and probably saved a lot of lives,” said Hawkins.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office has yet to confirm exactly what weapons and how many were found at the scene or how many rounds were fired at the officer. That information will likely come out at the conclusion of this ongoing investigation.