AKRON, Ohio --
A northeast Ohio pawn shop says it sold a handgun last week to a man who authorities say shot and killed seven people before dying in a shootout with police.
Owner Tom Sydmor of Sydmor's Jewelry in Barberton tells the Akron Beacon Journal nothing seemed unusual about 51-year-old Michael Hance when he came into the store five days before Sunday's rampage. The newspaper reports ( http://bit.ly/oUOZS2) that since Hance had no criminal record, he easily cleared a federal background check and took immediate possession of a .45-caliber weapon.
Police say federal authorities have been tracing two handguns linked to Hance.
Neighbors in the Akron suburb where the shootings occurred say the violence stemmed from a dispute over the home where Hance lived with his longtime girlfriend, who was shot but survived.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com