South Korean firm may have supplied bullets for Calif. rampage

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By Corey Long

CNN

Seoul, November 16th

South Korean authorities have obtained a search warrant on a suspect they believe is behind a South Korean arms manufacturer accused of supplying the weapons found at the site of an alleged California massacre.

Lee, Lee, said “Granger Valley Ammunition” in Idaho and of a catalog on the weapons and ammunition had been used in the November 1 rampage in Southern California.

Robert Lewis Dear, 52, was charged Wednesday with murder in the slaughter of eight worshippers at a Southern California mosque. He also is accused of trying to shoot three more people inside the Al-Manaar mosque and wounding a police officer and a bystander outside the mosque.

On Wednesday authorities announced they are investigating to see if the device used to fire some of the bullets found at the scene, similar to a handgun, was produced and sold by the South Korean arm of the company, the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

The agency (KAPA) says some of the expended rounds found at the scene of the shooting are used in the weapons used in the attack on Al-Manaar, the group’s spokesman Jeong Suk Kwon said Thursday.

Based on information, Lee’s husband, Jimmy Lee, informed the KAPA that his wife told him that the ammunition used was what he sold him. Jimmy Lee later said he had sold the ammo that gave him the suspect’s initials, leading him to say he believes his wife is the supplier.

The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration said it is conducting its own investigation into the charges.

The agency told CNN that the South Korean manufacturer producing the bullets sold “Granger Valley Ammunition” products in the United States, including “civilian, military and law enforcement ammunition, ammunition envelopes, and reloading material.”

But the government agency said it “has received no information about the number of bullets used in the crime scene or the specific explosives used.”

Jimmy Lee refused to comment on Thursday.

U.S. Army investigator told CNN on Thursday that Jimmy Lee hasn’t allowed them to look at his home and he’s concerned he could “be arrested if he cooperates.”

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