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Officials: Gun that killed child in mother’s arms recovered

January 27, 2020 GMT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — An AK-47 rifle used in a Philadelphia shooting last fall that claimed the life of a child who was in her mother’s arms has been recovered in New Jersey, authorities said.

Gunshots into a Kensington home on Oct. 20 killed 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera and wounded her mother and a contractor working in the home. Two men were charged, but officials said the weapon wasn’t recovered until last month, when a Philadelphia man allegedly sold it to a purported buyer — actually law enforcement — in Camden, New Jersey.

The weapon was among three dozen firearms seized in what authorities called a major Philadelphia-based ring trafficking firearms and methamphetamine into Camden. Five people are facing charges. Officials said the same gun that killed Rivera was used by a different shooter to wound an 11-month-old child.

The attorneys general of New Jersey and Pennsylvania also announced at a news conference in Camden, New Jersey a joint gun trafficking initiative to share intelligence to target gun crimes affecting both states.