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Federal agents pay close attention to how quickly a gun is used in a crime or recovered by police after its purchase — a span known as “time to crime.” They are especially alert to any firearm bought within a year of being used in a crime.
In the case of one of the guns bought by Burnes, the “time to crime” period was just eight days, authorities said.
In another example, recorded jail calls show that in mid-February, Hill directed Burnes to meet with Watkins to take an order for more guns. She told Hill that she did as she was asked, and about three days later, a shooting occurred between rival gang members at Sinners Lounge in downtown Minneapolis. During a struggle with a doorman, one of the men caught on video is shown dropping a gun that police traced to Burnes.
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