Clerk at gun shop near Fort Hood alerted police

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

 

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- A clerk at the gun store where the 2009 Fort Hood shootings suspect bought a pistol used in the attack says he alerted police after a man bought weapons and gunpowder there this week.

Greg Ebert tells The Associated Press the man bought smokeless gunpowder, shotgun ammunition and a semi-automatic pistol magazine at Guns Galore on Tuesday.

Ebert says he became concerned when the man asked questions indicating he didn't know much about the items.

Authorities didn't immediately confirm the buyer was Pfc. Naser Abdo, who the FBI says had bomb-making materials in his motel room near Fort Hood.

But a U.S. official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk publicly about the case, confirms Abdo bought weapons at a Killeen gun shop.

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Associated Press writers Diana Heidgerd in Dallas and Pauline Jelinek in Washington contributed to this report.

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