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Police Questioned L.A. Fitness Shooter, Let Him Go

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Associated Press: PITTSBURGH -- The man who carried out a massacre in a women's aerobics class had been questioned a week earlier by police because he matched the description of a man seen pulling what appeared to be a grenade from a computer bag, authorities said Monday.

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George Sodini, 48, of Scott Township, was ultimately let go by Port Authority of Allegheny County police because they couldn't confirm he was the man on the bus July 28, authorities said.

Allegheny County Superintendent Charles Moffatt said Sodini wrote in one of his many diaries "don't worry about it, it was a false grenade."

"We've never found a grenade so nobody can tell you right now it was him on that bus. We believe it was him on the bus," Moffatt said.

Sodini fatally shot himself after killing three women and wounding nine others attending an aerobics class at the L.A. Fitness club in Collier Township on Aug. 4.

Since Sodini did not relate the entire grenade incident in his writings and no grenade was found in his home or among his belongings, there is no way to be certain it was really him on bus, Moffatt said.

Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said transit police didn't charge Sodini because the witness who reported seeing a man with a grenade couldn't confirm Sodini was the one. Sodini denied it when police found and questioned him two days later.

"It wasn't until two days later that our sergeant found a guy matching the description," Ritchie told The Associated Press on Monday. "There wasn't much more we could do at that point."

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