CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-FOX 2 has confirmed that the Colorado movie theater shooting suspect, James Holmes, bought tactical gear from an on-line store based in Chesterfield. The store's owners say they and their workers are appalled at the news.
The Aurora, CO Police Chief's description of what suspect James Holmes was wearing during the shootings struck a heart-wrenching chord for the owners of the on-line tactical gear store in Chesterfield, Cat-5 Commerce, which does business online as Tactical Gear.com.
The staff found a receipt showing James Holmes of Aurora, Colorado did indeed make four purchases July 2, for close to $300 with expedited, 2-day shipping; the items
including a folding knife and gun magazine pouches including an M-16 magazine pouch and an urban assault vest. It's not 100% that Holmes used any of these items in the movie theater shootings; but it's possible.
TacticalGear.com does not sell ballistic or bullet-proof gear which is what was described by the authorities in Colorado. The on-line store also does not sell guns or ammunition.
"It`s important to realize we ship thousands of orders every day in support of police and law enforcement and armed forces from here in Maryland Heights all the way to forward deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq," says Cat-5 COO Andrew Hoefener. "We play a key role in supporting these everyday heroes with the gear they need to do high risk jobs."
The owner also says the tactical gear Holmes bought from his store is made of nylon, similar to that used in school backpacks.
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