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Report: Seattle shooter bought guns at Tacoma shop

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 1, 2012 at 7:13 am |
June 1, 2012 7:39 am

The 40-year-old Seattle man who shot and killed five persons in a Wednesday rampage in a Seattle cafe and in a downtown car-jacking, may have bought part of his personal arsenal at a Tacoma gun shop, KING 5 is reporting.

Ian L. Stawicki’s purchases of several guns have been traced back to Tacoma’s Bullseye Shooter Supply, the television station said. The purchases apparently were legal.

While Stawicki has been described as having mental problems, he was never committed to a mental hospital nor was he convicted of a felony although he was reportedly involved in several domestic disputes. Convictions or commitments would have disqualified him from purchasing a gun.

Stawicki shot himself after he was cornered in West Seattle by Seattle police officers.

The Seattle Times is reporting that Stawicki had legally obtained concealed weapons permits. The newspaper said he bought one of his six handguns at a Bothell gun shop.

Bullseye Shooter Supply has been linked to the rifle used by the D.C. snipers, John Muhammed and Lee Malvo, who in 2002 killed 10 people in the nation’s capital area. The two once lived in Tacoma before moving east.

The gunshop’s manager said he had been instructed to make no comment, the television station said. The shop is under new ownership since the D.C. sniper incidents.

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