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Wis. company that sold to Va. Tech gunman closes

June 21, 2012 • National News


FILE – This April 19, 2007 file photo shows Eric Thompson, a Wisconsin online weapons dealer who sold guns or accessories to the killers in the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University mass shootings as well as a man who opened fire at a Pennsylvania health club. Police say Thompson, shown in Green Bay, Wis., quietly shut down the business in May, 2012, amid scores of complaints from customers in nearly every state accusing the company of billing without delivering their orders. (AP Photo/John Touscany, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An online weapons dealer who sold the handgun used in the Virginia Tech massacre and provided equipment in two other mass shootings has quietly closed up shop amid a flurry of complaints from customers who allege he failed to deliver orders after billing them.

Police say Eric Thompson last month abruptly closed his Green Bay, Wis.-based business, TGSCOM Inc., as they probed scores of complaints from customers in nearly every state.

TGSCOM’s connections to three mass shootings have drawn national attention in recent years. Seung-Hui Cho used a .22-caliber handgun purchased through TGSCOM when he killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in April 2007. Stephen Kazmierczak, who killed five people in a Northern Illinois University classroom in 2008, bought two empty magazines and a holster through a company site. George Sodini, who killed three women when he opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area health club in 2009, bought an empty magazine and a magazine loading apparatus from the company.

Thompson, who has claimed his company generates millions of dollars, has maintained he’s not responsible for how people use guns, but he Login to read more

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