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Police: Gun used in 'Taste' incident was stolen from military family

Austin Day, 22 / Source: Potter County Sheriff's Office Austin Day, 22 / Source: Potter County Sheriff's Office
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

Authorities believe the gun fired by a man outside of an Amarillo dessert bar in May was stolen from a military family passing through the area the morning of the incident.

The Amarillo Police Department said the man it believes was behind both incidents, Austin Day, remains in the Potter County Detention Center and is now being charged with theft.

Police say two patrons leaving 'Taste' exchanged words with Day, who produced the gun and fired at the customers on May 11. Nobody was hurt in the incident. 

MORE: Additional information released on 'Taste' shooting

Earlier in the day, the belongings of a military family traveling from California to Connecticut were stolen from an Amarillo hotel. Scott Hammer told police he and has family had stopped in Amarillo while relocating for assignment.

Among the items stolen from his truck and moving trailer were military coins, a handgun, and other personal belongings. 

MORE: Hammer family calls theft 'heartbreaking'

Police located the truck a short time later abandoned in the 4400 block of S. Hughes St. The trailer was found nearly a week later. 

The items police were able to recover have been given back to the Hammer family.

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