The father of a 15-year-old Florida murder suspect will be charged with providing his son with a .45-caliber carbine rifle allegedly used in two murders are more than 20 shootings this summer.
According to The Orlando Sentinel:
Kissimmee police announced they had issued a warrant for Lothar Schafer's arrest on charges of allowing his son Konrad access to the .45-caliber, Hi-Point carbine — even after learning the boy had been sneaking it out of the house to go shooting.
Lothar Schafer was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail Tuesday evening.
He took the boy to Mega Gun and Armory, the Kissimmee shop where he bought the gun, a day before a series of shootings began in June and July across the county, records state.
Konrad, along with Victoria Rios, 17; David Damus, 20; and Juan Muriel, 20, is facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of David Guerrero and Eric Roopnarine. Police say Schafer used the carbine to shoot and kill Guerrero for "fun" on June 26 while the teen walked to a bus stop on his way to work. Damus is charged with using the same weapon to kill Roopnarine with Schafer's assistance during a home invasion on the night of July 3 at the victim's home in
Schafer and Rios also face charges of armed burglary, and will be tried as adults, according to The Sentinel.
Lothar told police his son picked out the rifle used in the shootings, which Lothar bought for him, and according to the affidavit, "Lothar learned of one of Konrad's shootings and took the firearm away from him. However, Konrad was able to access it again and continue to commit shootings with it. … Konrad admitted to retrieving the firearm from Lothar's residence, and using it to commit multiple shootings as well as the murder of David Guerrero.