Prosecutor: California mayor's stolen gun used in murder of 13-year-old

STOCKTON, Calif. -- A gun stolen from Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva's home was linked to several crimes, including the killing of a 13-year-old, according to the District Attorney's office.

The Beretta pistol, which is in the Stockton Police Department's possession as evidence, was used in the Feb. 15, 2015, drive-by shooting that killed 13-year-old Rayshawn Harris, according to KTXL. According to officials, Harris was standing in front of his home on South Sacramento Street around 7 a.m. when he was fatally shot.

There were no suspects identified in the shooting, but the investigation showed the shell casings were ejected from the stolen weapon. A witness described the shooter as a black man wearing a gray sweater and white shoes.

The weapon, a .40 caliber Beretta Px4 Storm semi-automatic pistol, was reported stolen from Silva's house in 2015. It was also used in two other crimes.

Silva responded to FOX40 via text message Friday evening saying he's heartbroken over the news.

"I feel terrible and I feel sick to my stomach. Obviously this was my worst possible fear. I will be in shock for a long time. It's a horrible tragedy that will that will be on my mind and in my prayers forever. I will reach out to the family and do whatever I can. I have not been provided any details yet, so I only can react to what the news is claiming. Everyone please pray for Stockton."

According to a release by the District Attorney's office, Silva reported the weapon stolen during a home burglary. In addition to the pistol, Silva reported that a 100-quart cooler, a generator, a laser printer, camera and video game console were stolen.

The Beretta was also used Jan. 15, 2016, in a drive-by shooting at a home on East Church Street. The two residents in the home were not injured. Officials said eight .40 caliber and six 9 mm casings, which were fired by the stolen pistol, were recovered at the scene.

The weapon was recovered June 9, 2016, after Stockton Police responded to a domestic violence call on Treetop Drive.

Officials are still investigating the cases, and encourage anyone with information to call the Stockton Police Department at (209)937-8377.