Newspaper links online ammo dealer to Knoxville, Aurora shooting

St. Louis newspaper links online ammo dealer to Knoxville, Aurora movie theater shooting

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A St. Louis newspaper linked the bullets used in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting to a business in Knoxville. A St. Louis newspaper linked the bullets used in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting to a business in Knoxville.
The newspaper linked this business in West Knoxville to LuckyGunner.com, but no one at the address would confirm or deny the link. The newspaper linked this business in West Knoxville to LuckyGunner.com, but no one at the address would confirm or deny the link.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the one year anniversary of the Colorado theater shooting approaches, another Knoxville connection to that deadly rampage has emerged.

An investigation by the St. Louis Post Dispatch found that accused gunman James Holmes purchased ammunition through the website BulkAmmo.com, which is based in Knoxville and was created by two UT graduates.

According to the article, BulkAmmo.com also operates under the name LuckyGunner.com. It's a name some in the gun and ammo industry are familiar with in Knoxville.

The owner of Coal Creek Armory says buying ammo online is becoming more and more popular.

The article also claims that University of Tennessee graduates Jordan Mollenhour and Dustin Gross own the company. Their Linked In accounts state they are involved in various business ventures.

Eric Matson, the owner of Coal Creek Armory, says he's familiar with the site LuckyGunner.com. Matson says the site has grown in popularity since Sandy Hook, when the demand for bullets and ammunition skyrocketed.

"People tell us they buy ammunition from LuckyGunner. Right now, ammo is so scarce to get, people are resorting to online sales to gun shows to all sorts of different places to find ammunition," said Matson.

He says a co-worker told him LuckyGunner was located in Knoxville.

"We have several employees here who have been in the firearms trade for many, many years and they get to meet people in the firearms industry either they met them at event at gun shows," said Matson.

As Matson understands, the ammo is not made in Knoxville, only marketed here.

But finding the physical location of LuckyGunner is not easy.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the office location is believed to be in a concrete building on Homberg Drive.

There was no answer when 6 News knocked. There was no response when 6 News hit the call button. Later another person showed up and the door was answered.

We went to the door and asked if it was the correct location for LuckyGunner. The man who answered the door was not clear.

Matson says people will continue to use sites like LuckyGunner to buy ammo until demand drops and stores can keep it in stock. He says when the demand went up, stores began to limit the amount of ammo a person could purchase.

"It's harder to buy in bulk at a store. If you go to a Walmart or different store in the area, they limit you to one box or two boxes of ammo per customer, whereas online you can order 1,000 rounds at a time," said Matson.

He says it's common for a competitive shooter to use 250 rounds in a day, making the bulk purchases quite common.

No one at the phone number listed on LuckyGunner.com returned a call for comment, nor did anyone at any of the other businesses linked to it and BulkAmmo.com.

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