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Cousins Say Talovic Displayed Guns Weeks Earlier

Cousins Say Talovic Displayed Guns Weeks Earlier



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Cousins of the 18-year-old gunman who killed five people at a shopping mall say he showed weapons to them weeks before the shooting spree.

One cousin, 18-year-old Kemo Muskic, told The Salt Lake Tribune that Sulejman Talovic made no mention of his plan for Trolley Square. However, Muskic says his cousin was "hustling" guns and drugs for a gang.

Muskic says he was surprised when he was in his Talovic's basement back in January and his cousin pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun, a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition. Muskic says Talovic told three cousins he planned to sell the weapons and a bag of marijuana. However, Talovic's cousins say they didn't really believe him and chalked it up to tough talk.

Six weeks later, Talovic killed five people and injured four others at the mall before dying in a shootout with police. A motive still remains unknown.

---------- Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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