Gun used Trapuzzano homicide may have been stolen

Simeon Adams

Of all the weapons stolen from a Clermont gun shop two weeks ago, police want to know if one was used to kill expectant father Nathan Trapuzzano.

The 16-year-old shooting suspect, Simeon Adams, is also connected to that gun store theft. 

The owners told WTHR they have "beefed up" security and are using "extreme measures to prevent this from happening again."

The owners - decorated war veterans - say they can't talk about the case under orders from the ATF.  And the ATF has been busy investigating a rash of thefts from gun dealers nationwide - from a St. Louis break-in last month to Durham, North Carolina, to break-ins at gun stores in January in Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee.

The ATF reports 25,000 guns a year are stolen from gun dealers.  Last year alone, 4,000 stores were targeted.

But stores aren't the big problem. Most guns are taken in home break-ins - almost a quarter million guns a year.

The Department of Justice says 1.5 million guns were lost or stolen between 2005 and 2010.

"I grew up in the inner city and it's prevalent out here, man," said east sider Anthony Elliot.  At an east side playground, the issue is not child's play. But it's serious and too close for comfort.

"It does scare me a lot," said Douglas Randall, who was enjoying a spring afternoon with his children. "I have two little kids and we're outside all the time. I live nearby and I hear gun shots all the time. It scares me."

His wife Patricia added, "Our neighbors, someone shot a gun at their house. A couple weekends ago. We don't know who it was. Just randomly shot."

When people learned nearly a quarter million guns are lost or stolen per year, with some of those weapons ending up in street crimes, some said it's not just about guns.

"You can have a gun. It don't necessarily kill anybody. It's that mind-state people have. They can just kill, no regards to life," said Anthony Elliot.

"I don't want anything to happen to the gun store owners or anything like that," Douglas Randall adds. "Because they're out there to help the homeowners as well but maybe find a better way to protect the stores."