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Husband: Ala. prof went to range before shooting

University of Alabama junior Kristina Liddle leaves flowers in memory of the three slain faculty members, above.

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University of Alabama junior Kristina Liddle leaves flowers in memory of the three slain faculty members, above.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The husband of an Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues said Monday that the couple went to a shooting range recently but that he didn't know where she got the gun she used for practice that day.

James Anderson told the Associated Press that his wife, Amy Bishop, didn't do anything unusual in the days before Friday's shooting. Bishop, 45, a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, is accused of pulling a gun at a faculty meeting and shooting six people, three fatally. Two of the survivors remained in critical condition Monday.

Anderson said he knew his wife had a gun, but, "I really don't know how she got it, or where she got it from."

Police have said Bishop had no permit for the gun they believe she used in the shooting, and investigators said they didn't know where she got it. It's not clear if it was the gun her husband knew about.

Bishop's husband said nothing unusual happened on their trip to the shooting range. Nothing in her behavior before the shooting foreshadowed the violence last week, either. "She was just a normal professor," he said.

Investigators haven't commented on a possible motive, but Bishop was vocal among colleagues about her displeasure over being denied tenure, forcing her to look for work elsewhere after this semester.

On Monday, some victims' relatives were questioning how Bishop was hired at the university in 2003 after she was involved years ago in separate criminal inquiries.

The 1986 fatal shooting of her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home, was ruled an accident, and the Boston Globe reported Bishop and her husband were questioned by investigators looking into a pipe bomb sent to one of Bishop's colleagues in 1993. University of Alabama in Huntsville officials were meeting privately to review the files concerning her hiring.

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