ST. LOUIS – Cat5 Commerce, an online retailer based in Chesterfield , Mo., has faced a barrage of public anger and criticism for equipment sales it made earlier this month to James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people during a shooting spree on July 20 in Aurora, Colo., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Cat5 operates the website TacticalGear.com, which sold Holmes an assault vest, two magazine pouches and a knife for a total of $306.79. Holmes paid an extra $15.63 to upgrade his order to 2-day shipping.
Since details of the sale became public over the weekend, the company has faced a barrage of angry–even hostile–calls and emails, the company says.
As the Post-Dispatch reports:
“Much of this communication has been quite hostile and threatening in nature,” (Cat5 CEO Chad Weinman) wrote in a statement posted on the company’s website Monday.
“We have been falsely accused of selling Mr. Holmes firearms and ammunition over the Internet illegally without conducting the mandated background checks. Some members of our customer relations team have been brought to tears by people insisting that we have ‘blood on our hands.’”
In an interview with the Post-Dispatch Monday, Weinman said he has been in contact with law enforcement agencies in recent days to provide details about Holmes’ order. “We have an open dialogue with various law enforcement