Man orders TV, gets assault rifle instead

Thursday, August 09, 2012

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WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — A Washington musician who ordered a flat-screen TV from Amazon.com was shocked to receive a semi-automatic assault rifle instead.

Thirty-eight-year-old Seth Horvitz says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS on Tuesday evening, and it seemed too small to contain the TV. 

He says he initially thought it contained accessories. But when he opened it, he found a Sig Sauer military-style rifle. He says he had never held a gun before he felt the trigger of the rifle.

An invoice showed that the gun was intended for delivery to a firearms dealer in Duncansville, Pennsylvania Horvitz called police, who took the gun and are investigating how the mistaken shipment occurred. Amazon.com Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. had no immediate comment.

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