Who's lost all there guns in a tragic fishing accident Dive team retrieves guns Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck Police dive team members Cpl. Patrick Wennemann, right, and Sgt. Scott Montgomery place an M-16 into a bag after recovering the gun from the bottom of City Park Lake on Thursday. M-16, shotgun pulled from City Park Lake, police say By AMY WOLD Advocate staff writer Published: May 11, 2007 - Page: 1b After several hours searching the bottom of City Park Lake on Thursday morning, the Baton Rouge Police Department dive team found a fully automatic M-16 and a shotgun, according to Sgt. Ray Offenbacher, dive team leader. The search was a follow-up to a duffle bag of guns found by a fisherman back in February, he said. While fishing under the westbound overpass of I-10, the man saw the butt of a weapon sticking out of the water. He waded out and found the duffle bag, Offenbacher said. Those weapons were traced to a 2003 burglary at the Red Jacket Firearms store on Choctaw Drive, he said. According to a Jan. 13, 2003, article from The Advocate, burglars took a “significant amount” of firearms from the store. Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr., Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said police used the guns’ serial numbers to trace them to the 2003 burglary. He said no more than five guns were found in the duffle bag. McKneely said he wasn’t sure how many weapons were stolen from the store or if any of the other stolen guns have been recovered. No one has been arrested in the 2003 burglary, he said. Although the duffle bag was found in February, McKneely said, Thursday’s search happened because the dive team had the time. The nine-member dive team set up on the bank of the lake and started searching for additional weapons in water that was 2- to 5-feet deep, he said. The group worked in teams of two and searched the bottom of the lake by hand, sifting through the trash and debris on the lake bottom. The murky water of the lake is nothing new for the dive team, Offenbacher said. “Most of the water we search, the visibility is zero,” he said. In addition, the dive team used an inflatable boat and dropped a magnet to the lake floor to check for any metal objects the divers might have missed. The two guns found Thursday will go to the State Police Crime Lab, Offenbacher said. He explained that the lab has the ability to keep the guns from rusting. “Guns, as soon as you bring them out of the water, they start rusting at an accelerated rate,” Offenbacher said.