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East Windsor Gun Shop Subject of Federal Investigation

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at Riverview Sales Thursday evening as part of an ongoing investigation. On Saturday, a South Windsor man was arrested and charged with stealing weapons from the store.

Riverview Sales in East Windsor, a gun store that has been at the center of several recent, highly controversial incidents over the past few years, is under investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

ATF Agent Debora Seifert confirmed that the store located at 4 Prospect Hill in East Windsor is subject to "an ongoing investigation" and was the target of a federal "enforcement activity" late Thursday afternoon.

Seifert said that she could not “speak to any of the particulars” of the investigation

On Thursday, East Windsor police confirmed that the store had sold a gun to Nancy Lanza, whose son, Adam Lanza, killed 27 people, including his mother, in Newtown on Dec. 14. Adam Lanza killed himself after killing 20 first-grade students and six school officials at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In a statement reported by the Associated Press, Riverview Sales owner David LaGuerica said that he was “appalled” that Nancy Lanza purchased a gun that may have been used in the tragedy.

“There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child,” LaGuercia told the AP. “We are absolutely appalled that the product that we sold several years ago would be used in this type of horrendous crime. Our hearts go out to the victims and the families.”

“We are cooperating with law enforcement and their efforts to get to the bottom of this senseless tragedy,” LaGuercia said, according to the AP.

The gun shop has had a history of issues, particularly with being unable to track its inventory.

On Saturday, a South Windsor man was arrested after he attempted to steal a long rifle from Riverview Sales.

Jordan Marsh, 26, was charged with third-degree larceny, first-degree robbery, theft of a firearm and carrying of dangerous weapons. He was arraigned in Enfield on Monday and held on $2 million bail.

Further investigation revealed that Marsh had an AR-15 assault rifle stashed at a Hartford hotel where he had been staying.

According to East Windsor Det. Matthew Carl, the AR-15 had been stolen from Riverview Sales, whose employees were unaware that the weapon was missing.

It was not the first time that Marsh had taken guns from Riverview Sales.

Marsh, who, according to relatives, is mentally ill, had previously received a two-year suspended sentence after it was discovered in June 2011 that he had stolen 12 firearms from Riverview Sales.

Store employees were not aware that Marsh had taken 12 guns from the store in the first incident until they were alerted in June 2011.

Marsh isn’t the only person who has stolen a large number of guns from Riverview Sales, according to police.

In 2007, Riverview Sales owner David E. LaGuercia notified the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives that 33 guns were missing from his store, according to a Hartford Courant story. Of those 33 guns, 28 were recovered when police searched the home of Brian H. McClelland, who was a frequent customer of the store and helped out on occasion, the Courant reported.

James Bond December 23, 2012 at 03:17 AM
007 is not real jon its the number of the train the author of the series rode everyday to work.As far as the anger in your posts its there.Just because you say it isn't so doesn't make it true.Read it and ask any other poster what they think.Excellent quelling dude. Remember shaken not stirred,hope that isn't too liberal for ya.
Paul Proteus December 23, 2012 at 05:11 AM
John you didn't hear the news?? Guns dont kill people Only assault weapons kill people If we ban the assault weapons, we will never ever have another mass shooting again. See, it doesnt make any sense to me either.
Jon Crickmore December 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM
What other people think about my posts does not concern me. I'm not a sheep.I don't say what people want to hear i say what people need to hear. Mr Obama i mean Bond can you please answer the questions.
Loretta T December 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Just to put my 2 cents in here, I don't see why ANYONE would need to have an assault rifle or semi-automatic weapon in their home for protection. Guns will always be out there whether illegally or legally however if we limit access to these types of weapons it could save a life.
M Smith January 02, 2013 at 05:50 PM
@James and Jon...Do your parents know you're posting online? Be sure to make time for your school work...and be sure to brush your teeth before bed!

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