Caddo murder weapon investigation continues

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA)- Caddo Sheriff's Office deputies filed paperwork Wednesday afternoon to trace the weapon they say was used in Monday's murder of three boys in Keithville.

Authorities sent in information about the gun, including it's serial number to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. They expect results tomorrow morning which should tell them where the gun was purchased and who originally bought it.

Marcus Donte Reed is accused of using the gun to commit the triple homicide, but authorities don't yet know how he got the weapon. Reed was convicted of felony illegal use of a dangerous weapon in December of 2007. According to Louisiana and federal law, it is unlawful for felons to purchase or carry guns. Before purchasing a firearm, buyers must first fill out a form of personal information, including prior convictions.

According to Louisiana code RS 14:95.1.1, supplying a felon with a firearm is also illegal. That includes intentionally "giving, selling, donating, providing, lending,  delivering, or otherwise transferring a firearm" to a felon. If authorities find out someone was responsible for giving Reed the weapon, that person could face up to five years in prison for violating that law.

The weapon under investigation is a SKS semi-automatic assault rifle.

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