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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) –  Shortly after the deadly shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the Chief Operating Officer of CAT5 Commerce, an online retail company based in Chesterfield, Mo. said employees started receiving threatening messages. “We’ve received a number of inquiries and comments and live chats, phone calls, emails that were pretty hostile in nature. a couple of people said we have blood on our hands. Some of our front line employee’s customer service reps were a little shaken up by it, but we’re trying to keep it in perspective. There are a lot of people grieving and really suffering right now.”

The company has been falsely accused of selling alleged gunman, James Holmes weapons and ammunition. However, an invoice shows CAT5 sold Holmes more than three hundred dollars worth of tactical gear – an assault vest, a knife, and two pistol mag pouches. “These are commercially available products that can be sourced by anyone.”

Holmes made his first appearance in court Monday. He had dyed red hair and at times appeared to be falling asleep.  There’s no evidence to suggest the items Holmes purchased from CAT5 were used in the attack. And it could be awhile before that information is known.

While CAT5 has received threatening emails the company has also been inundated with messages of support that read:  “it’s not the gear or equipment at fault” and “I’m a proud user of your gear and continue to be.”

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