Friend says Calif quarry suspect showed off AK-47

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This undated photo provided Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011 by the City of Cupertino, Calif., shows Shareef Allman. Schools were on lockdown or closed in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino as SWAT teams sought Allman, who authorities say killed two and wounded at least six at the Northern California limestone quarry where he worked, and may have also shot a woman in an attempted carjacking afterward. Allman allegedly opened fire at a safety meeting at the Permanente Quarry at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Santa Clara County Sheriff's spokesman Jose Cardoza said. (AP Photo/City of Cupertino)
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This undated photo provided Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011 by the City of Cupertino, Calif., shows Shareef Allman. …

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A close friend of the employee accused in a deadly California quarry shooting says the suspect showed off an assault rifle over the weekend and said he would use it at work.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Powell tells The Associated Press that Shareef Allman visited him Saturday at his Sacramento home and showed him a newly purchased AK-47.

When Powell asked what the gun was for, Allman said there were racist people at work who were "messing" with him, then laughed.

Powell says he thought Allman was joking. Many of Allman's friends have described him as a devoted father and community volunteer never known to be violent.

Authorities say Allman fatally shot three co-workers and wounded six others Wednesday during a work meeting in Cupertino.

They haven't discussed a specific motive, other than to say the suspect was disgruntled.

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