Friday, February 15, 2008

Shooter used the same source as VT shooter

There's a bizarre connection between the recent Illinois campus rampage and last year's massacre at Virginia Tech. The Illinois shooter bought his guns from the same source, according to CNN:

DEKALB, Illinois (CNN) -- A firearms dealer in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Friday confirmed a bizarre link between the graduate student accused of killing five people at Northern Illinois University and the gunman in last year's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech.

A Web site used to buy gun accessories by Steven Kazmierczak is owned by the same company that operates a site patronized by Seung-Hui Cho, the company said.

Kazmierczak ordered two 9 mm Glock magazines and a holster for a Glock handgun from the Web site February 4, said a statement released by TGSCOM Inc.

He received them February 12, two days before the NIU shootings, it said.

"TGSCOM Inc. also operates the Web site used by Seung-Hui [Cho] to purchase a firearm used in the Virginia Tech shootings last April," the statement said.

Cho killed 32 people before turning a gun on himself in that incident.

I doubt that this is some hideous coincidence. My personal hypothesis is that he bought them from that source on purpose and planned the attack as a copycat. With the way the media gave everything the Virginia Tech shooter wanted in fame and attention, it's no shock that someone would repeat a similar massacre.

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