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Copley Gunman Purchased Gun Five Days Before Spree

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Five days before Michael Hance killed seven people in Copley, outside Akron, he walked into a pawnshop in Barberton to buy one of the two handguns used in the shooting spree.

The workers at Sydmor’s Jewelry noticed nothing unusual about Hance or his behavior. The 51-year-old Hance breezed through the federal background check and took immediate possession of a .45-caliber Hi-Point weapon.

It is unclear whether Hance, who was killed by police, bought the weapon on August 2 with intent to kill.

Two guns were used in the spree. Authorities are still trying to determine the origin of the other weapon.


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