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Gun in San Francisco killing stolen from federal agent’s vehicle, source says

San Francisco (CNN)[Breaking news update, published at 12:40 p.m. ET]The gun used in the killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco was stolen from a vehicle belonging to a federal Bureau of Land Management agent, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN’s Dan Simon on Wednesday. The gun was a personal weapon, not an official firearm, the source said. Investigators still are trying to determine how suspect Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez allegedly obtained the weapon, according to the source.[Previous story, published at 10:13 a.m. ET]Gun used in San Francisco killing belonged to federal agent, source saysThe gun used in the killing of a San Francisco woman in a case that gave new political prominence to the issue of illegal immigration belonged to a federal agent, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.Kate Steinle was shot to death on July 1 on one of San Francisco’s busiest piers.The San Francisco Chronicle reported the weapon was stolen in a car burglary in June, citing sources close to the investigation. Some of the sources said the .40-caliber pistol was apparently not the agent’s official gun. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man accused in Steinle’s killing, told CNN affiliate KGO-TV that he

fired the weapon, but it was an accident. He claimed he’d found the gun wrapped inside a T-shirt before it accidentally went off.It was not clear if Lopez-Sanchez understood all the questions posed in English and Spanish during the KGO interview. He appeared disoriented and gave contradictory answers about what had happened and how he felt. Shooting victim Kate Steinle known for thinking of others firstLopez-Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant and a repeat felon who has been deported to Mexico five times, according to immigration officials.The case has drawn the attention of presidential candidates and brought a renewed focus on U.S. immigration laws and the role local authorities should play in enforcing them.The key question is whether San Francisco’s policies set the stage for the shooting by putting a criminal on the streets instead of delivering him into the hands of federal authorities who could have deported him again. Republican contender Donald Trump has blamed immigration policy for Steinle’s death. Another Republican, Jeb Bush, agreed, saying such policies encourage crime.What is a ‘sanctuary city,’ and why should you care?In an interview Tuesday with CNN, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said San Francisco should have listened to the Department of Homeland Security and made a mistake when it didn’t send Lopez-Sanchez packing.”I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on. … If it were a first-time traffic citation, if it were something minor, a misdemeanor, that’s entirely different,” she said. “This man had already been deported five times. And he should have been deported at the request of the federal government.”Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Lopez-Sanchez has seven felony convictions, four for drug offenses. His most recent deportation was in 2009.On Tuesday, Lopez-Sanchez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges. His bail was set at $5 million. Opinion: Don’t blame all immigrants for San Francisco shootingCNN’s Sara Sidner reported from San Francisco. Ed Payne, Michael Pearson and Catherine E. Shoichet wrote the story in Atlanta. CNN’s Dan Simon, Tony Marco and Elizabeth Chmurak contributed to this report.

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