Connecticut gun shop owner cooperating in shooting probe
A Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut gun shop owner said Wednesday that he sold one gun several years ago to Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, and is "appalled" that it may have been used in the killings.
"There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child," David LaGuercia, owner of Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor, said in a statement. "We are absolutely appalled that the product that we sold several years ago would be used in this type of horrendous crime. Our hearts go out to the victims and the families.
"We are cooperating with law enforcement and their efforts to get to the bottom of this senseless tragedy," said LaGuercia, 56, of Agawam, Mass.
The statement was given to The Associated Press by LaGuercia's wife, Shelley Clemens, who said they don't remember what type of gun Lanza bought from the store. She said store records show one gun was sold to Lanza, and she declined further comment. The shop's sale to Lanza was first reported by WFSB-TV.
State police say Adam Lanza, 20, used his mother's legally purchased guns in the shootings. He fatally shot his mother four times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle at the home they shared in Newtown, killed 20 first-graders and six staff members at the school with a .223-caliber rifle and fatally shot himself in the head with a 10 mm pistol, authorities said. The motive remains unclear.
According to its website, Riverview Gun Sales, about 15 miles north of Hartford and about 65 miles northeast of Newtown, sells a wide variety of rifles and pistols, including the same brands - Bushmaster and Glock - that state officials say were used in the school shootings. The shop also sells high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones police say were used by Adam Lanza.
The killings are sparking debate about gun control across the country.
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