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Brunswick Police find 22-caliber handgun

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Updated: 4/05/2013 7:12 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A mere two and a half miles from where baby Antonio was shot and killed, investigators found the 22- caliber handgun that police believe was used to kill him in a marsh pond behind Bob Blackwell's home off Highway 17.

Blackwell tells Action News he isn't surprised that officers found the suspected murder weapon in his backyard. He says the marsh behind his home is a popular spot for teens to go fishing and throw parties.

"For years people had come in here and had the run of the place so maybe that's how they had familiarity with the place," he said.

Blackwell says police were in his yard searching since late Monday night.

"They were out here all night shining lights and walking back and forth," he said. "They had a ladder truck in here and they had a small boat."

But when Blackwell asked police questions about the investigations, he says they were tight lipped.

"They really didn't want to say anything they just said we weren't in any harm," he said.

Meanwhile investigators say they are trying to figure out if the gun was used in any other crimes, but since the weapon was found in water, getting more evidence could be difficult.

"There's always potential problems when anything goes in the water or anything that's a non porous surface which a gun is," said Glynn County Police Department Chief Matt Doering. "It could be damaged by any form of handling and it's just one of the hazards that we have to deal with."

Police say they are also looking into other evidence they have recovered.
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