Danville, VA - Danville rescue crews spent Thursday searching the Dan River as part of a mission to find a gun somewhere on the bottom.
Danville Police say it is not very often that crews have to put wetsuits on and take a dive in the river.
Lt. Scott Eanes says this gun was used in a shooting around 10 a.m. on Walker Street. Luckily, no one was hurt, but they say the suspect threw the gun out of the car window while he drove across the Union Street Bridge. Danville Police arrested that suspect and had him describe exactly where he threw it.
The Special Operations Team with the Danville Life Saving Crew spent three hours looking for a single shot .410. They used snorkeling equipment and even an underwater metal detector. The team has been trained by the FBI for underwater searches.
Eanes says they want to find the gun for evidence and public safety.
"There is a lot of kids that fish up under this bridge. We just don't want them to step on it and maybe bring it up and use it or something like that," said Eanes.
They did not find the gun and do not plan to continue searching. Meanwhile, the suspect is facing two firearm charges.