The day after someone shot a Northland mother and her 14-year-old daughter earlier this month, police found the shotgun used in the crime sitting in the basement of a nearby residence.
Spent shell casings found at the July 7 shooting scene had been fired from that shotgun, according to a police search warrant that was returned on Tuesday.
No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate tips in the shooting in the 10300 block of North Virginia Avenue, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson. She declined to comment about the details contained in the search warrant.
The Star is not naming the victims because the shooter remains at large. Both remained hospitalized Tuesday.
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Police have not said what prompted the shootings but said the shooter was in the area for a specific purpose. Investigators have not determined whether a connection existed between the victims and the gunman.
According to the search warrant, officers visited a home July 8 on the block where the victims lived. While talking with the residents, police learned of a shotgun that belonged to a 19-year-old man who lived there. The homeowner, a 43-year-old woman, gave police permission to search the basement, where officers found a black pump-handle shotgun. The top of the barrel had mud and grass on it. Officers also found seven shotgun shells that resembled the ejected shell casings at the crime scene.
Police also found a pair of wet jeans, a bag of marijuana, a pair of shoes and several photographs, according to court records.
Two days later, investigators confirmed that the four spent shell casings from the crime scene had been fired from the shotgun.
The day of the shooting, a neighbor of the victims told police he confronted an armed intruder who walked into his house through an open garage door. When they asked why he was inside their home, the gunman said he was looking for someone else.
After the intruder left, the homeowner called police. The double shooting was reported less than a minute later.
Officers found a 46-year-old woman kneeling in her driveway holding her stomach. Officers found her 14-year-old daughter sprawled on the family living room floor.
Police found a second, younger daughter in her bedroom unharmed.
Police described the shooter as a white man in his early 20s with dark hair and a scruffy beard, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He last was seen wearing a gray or dirty white T-shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).