Back in 2002 Tacoma's Bullseye Shooter Supply made headlines when it was revealed that a rifle owned by John Muhammad and Lee Malvo, the two people behind the string of D.C. Sniper shootings that left 10 people dead, was obtained at the T-Town gun shop. Now Bullseye is back in the news, as KING 5 reports the man behind Wednesday's senseless shooting and murder spree in Seattle, Ian Stawicki, purchased handguns earlier this year at the Tacoma store.
KING 5 reports the purchases were apparently legal, based on "preliminary information," because Stawicki had no prior felonies or restrictions to buy firearms.
In the D.C. Sniper case, ATF audits of Bullseye discovered that the store had lost track of a boatload of guns in its inventory and also couldn't verify that background checks had been run on gun buyers. However, it's important to note the store is under new ownership since John Muhammad and Lee Malvo made national headlines.
Bullseye store manager said Thursday she has been told not to comment on the case. Owner Chris Kindshuh, who did not own Bullseye in 2002, did not return calls.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would only confirm that it performed the gun trace. It said, by law, it can't comment on the results of that trace. That information will have to come from the Seattle Police Department, who declined to comment on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Seattle Times has reported that Stawicki, "bought six .45-caliber or 9-mm handguns since 1993, including .45-caliber handguns in 2006 and 2008 from Lynnwood and Bothell gun shops."