The man accused of attempted assassination in a Red Square shooting on Revolution Day was active in anti-Communist politics and worked at a factory near Leningrad, reports said Saturday.

The reports also said the sawed-off shotgun allegedly fired by Alexander Shmonov was incapable of reaching President Mikhail Gorbachev or other Soviet leaders who stood atop the mausoleum of Vladimir Lenin when two shots rang out at the annual Nov. 7 parade.Shmonov installed pipes at the Izhorsky Factory Complex outside Leningrad, one of the country's largest plants, the Sovetskaya Rossiya newspaper said Saturday, contradicting earlier reports that he was unemployed.