Authorities say nearly 130 guns were found inside the Florence home where a man shot seven officers two weeks ago, killing one.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said it appeared 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins only used a pistol and two military assault rifles in his attack. Lott said investigators believe Hopkins — a former decorated Army sharpshooter — fired 39 rounds, while responding officers fired more than 390 rounds.
Lott added the details after announcing Tuesday that investigators have wrapped up work at the scene. The sheriff said 13 days were needed to go over the site due to its size and the amount of shots fired during the October 3 incident.
“To go there and see what these officers faced is something that I never want to see again,” Lott told reporters during a news conference. “I’ve been doing this a long time and have been to a lot of crime scenes, and this is probably one of the worst that I’ve ever seen.” [Read more…]