Authorities say Shahzad bought legal gun

New York Police commissioner claims alleged Times Square bomber purchased a firearm in Connecticut


John Christoffersen
May 6, 2010 1:15AM (UTC)

Police say the Times Square bomb suspect had passed a criminal background check and legally bought a gun from a dealer about two months ago in his former hometown in Connecticut.

Shelton Chief Joel Hurliman says the owner of Valley Firearms confirmed Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') bought a Kel-Tech rifle and passed a 14-day waiting period for the background check. The shop owner declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

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New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Shahzad drove to New York's Kennedy Airport with a gun bought in Connecticut two months ago.

Investigators have said a gun was discovered in the car Shahzad left there. He was hauled off a Dubai-bound plane Monday night after being allowed to board despite being under surveillance and on the federal no-fly list.


John Christoffersen

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