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A man charged with trying to kill students by hitting them with a car says he would have preferred using a gun but screening laws are too stringent. The statement is contained in a letter read at a hearing in his case. Mohammed Taheri-Azar allegedly drove a Jeep Cherokee into a crowd of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 3rd, hitting nine people. No one had life-threatening injuries. At the probable cause hearing, the man's relatives described him as a kind soul, a NASCAR fan who likes fishing and camping with friends. Taheri-Azar, a 2005 graduate of the school, also had two cans of pepper spray and a folding knife in the rented vehicle. He has said the act was to avenge Muslim deaths caused by the U.S.


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