Man finds loaded AR-15 rifle along Anchorage bike path

    An AR-15 rifle similar to the one found in Anchorage. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage man walking his dog found a loaded semi-automatic rifle along a popular bike trail.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports William Thrash found the AR-15 Tuesday in the grass a few feet off a bike path that runs along Campbell Creek.

    The greenbelt is a popular route for walkers and bikers.

    Thrash says he wondered whether the weapon was fake. He picked it up and found a round loaded in the chamber and other rounds in the magazine.

    Thrash called the police. He also posted a video of the lightweight rifle to Facebook to let people know it had been found.

    The suspected gunman in the weekend shootings in Dayton, Ohio, used an AR-15 style gun.

    Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad says the gun had not been listed as stolen.

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