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Emerson teen charged with buying same type of gun used at Columbine

Photo Credit: of BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Emerson teenager arrested in an undercover sting in Westwood is accused of buying the same type of semi-automatic handgun used by one of the Columbine High School killers.

Thomas Hammarian (MUGSHOT courtesy of BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR)

The Intratec Luger TEC-9 handgun that authorities said Thomas Hamarian bought, along with a Beretta 9mm, was used by Dylan Bennet Klebold when he and Eric David Harris killed a dozen students, including themselves, and a teacher, at the Colorado high school in April 1999. Nearly two dozen others were injured.

Hamparian, 18, who graduated this past June from Emerson Junior/Senior High School, first met with an undercover detective posing as an arms dealer last Friday “seeking to purchase illegal firearms,” including a long rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said of the arrest, first reported earlier today on CLIFFVIEW PILOT ( Emerson teen charged with buying guns from undercover cop in Westwood ).

The undercover met with Hamparian again on Monday afternoon in the parking lot next to Veterans Park, across from the library, in Westwood, CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported earlier today.

The detective showed him several weapons and Hamparian agreed to buy the two handguns, Molinelli said.

Hamparian handed the officer $600, took the weapons and then tried to run when he realized what was happening, a source with direct knowledge of the case told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Hamparian didn’t get far before being tackled, the source said.

Detectives also seized ammo, firearms-related material and two computers from his Forest Avenue home.

Hamparian, described by investigators as a loner, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail, charged with unlawful weapons possession.




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