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Husband: Accused professor recently at shooting range

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The husband of an Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues said yesterday 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, a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, is accused of shooting six people at a faculty meeting, three fatally. Two of the survivors remained in critical condition.

Anderson said he knew his wife had a gun, but didn't know when or how she got it.

Police have previously said Bishop had no permit for the gun they believe she used in the shooting.

Bishop's husband said nothing unusual happened on their trip to the shooting range, and that she didn't reveal why she took an interest in target practice.

"She was just a normal professor," he said.

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

Yesterday, some victims' relatives were questioning how Bishop was hired at the university in 2003 after she was involved years ago in separate criminal probes. University of Alabama officials were reviewing the files concerning her hiring.

In 1986, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their home in Braintree, Mass. Authorities released her, calling the episode a tragic accident. The Boston Globe reported that in 1993 Bishop and her husband were questioned about a pipe bomb sent to a Bishop colleague, Dr. Paul Rosenberg, at Children's Hospital Boston. The bomb did not go off, and no one was ever charged.

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