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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis-based online retailer who sold gear to Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes is being inundated with what the company's CEO calls "hostile and threatening" messages.

TacticalGear.com filled an order received on July 2 from Holmes, the alleged gunman in a shooting spree on Friday that killed 12 people at a theater in Aurora, Colo. The order did not involve guns or ammunition. Holmes paid $306.79 for an urban assault vest, two magazine pouches and a tactical knife.

Chief Executive Officer Chad Weinman says customer relations workers have been brought to tears by people insisting the company is partly responsible for the shootings.

Meanwhile, others have criticized Weinman for his comments to the media that they perceived as soft on the right to bear arms.