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TGSCOM online gun store based in Green Bay closes, store linked to 40 shooting deaths


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay-based online store that sold the gun used in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 has closed amid fraud complaints.  The Better Business Bureau issued an alert concerning TGSCOM, Inc. after receiving more than 170 complaints about products not being received, delays in shipments and delivery of goods and advertising and selling issues.  Complaints have come in from 43 states. The BBB says company also does business under the names “The Gun Source,” “Midwest Hunters Outlet,” and “Saltwater Fishing Source,” and operates approximately six websites.  In addition, the BBB has received 2,258 inquiries on TGSCOM, Inc. in the last year and continues to receive hundreds of calls per week.  WTAQ was able to get a hold of Owner and President Eric Thompson who says they closed because of financial issues.  Thompson was asked if all the orders that have been paid for have been shipped. “With financial issues there’s going to creditors and vendors, a lot of things of that nature, and we effort everything we can to make sure with everything that is sold, but if that was the case then the business wouldn’t be closing down.”  Thompson says the store closed last week, and denied that orders have not been fulfilled.  The BBB says Green Bay police are looking into pressing criminal charges against Thompson for theft by fraud for intentionally accepting internet orders and payment without providing products. Thompson says they are actively trying to get new investors for the business and hopes to get things turned back around and “get it going once again real soon”.  TGSCOM, Inc. gain notoriety after being linked to selling guns or firearm accessories used in the Virginia Tech University massacre that killed 32 people and injured 17 others, the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University and the 2009 shooting at a health club in Pittsburgh.