"Sick to my stomach" is how a Green Bay-based internet gun store owner described how he feels upon learning that one of the guns he sold was used in the Virginia Tech shootings. Owner Eric Thompson says a Walther .22-caliber handgun was purchased from his website and was later picked up by Cho Seung-Hui at a licensed Virginia gun dealer.
33 people died Monday, including Cho, in the worst mass shooting in American history. Thompson says his company followed every law on their end in the transaction and had no idea his business was involved with Monday’s shootings until the A.T.F. reached him on Wednesday.
“We were contacted by the A.T.F. about this but we deal with so many customers that we never had any further contact with him. We saw nothing unusual from his e-mail correspondence" Thompson said.
A copy of a receipt that Thompson provided shows the sale of the gun, for $267.00 plus $18.00 to ship it to Virginia.