Crickett Rifle's Attorney: "Website Hacked"

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Updated: 5/06/2013 6:15 pm
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The 2-year-old KSP says was shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother made national headlines. 

State Police say the boy had a Crickett Rifle.  The Crickett website went down last Thursday, and is still down as of publishing.

Last week the company said they didn't know there was a problem.  This week, the company referred us to their lawyer.

This is the message you get after going to crickett.com:

"The fact that you are seeing this page indicates that the website you just visited is either experiencing problems, or is undergoing routine maintenance."

Keystone Sporting Arms makes Crickett Rifles.  The company's attorney, John Renzulli, says Keystone did not take its Crickett site down. 

On the contrary, Renzulli says the site was hacked, and the company cannot recover its website.  Renzulli says Keystone still stands by its product.

"You know why the website went down.  I told you that.  That's why the website went down.  I wouldn't read anything else into it," said Attorney John Renzulli.

Renzulli says the company contacted authorities and is working to get its website back. 

Renzulli says before the website was hacked, Keystone received tons of hate mail.

"Go die in a fire. I hope you get killed.  I hope you die in an automobile accident," Renzulli says this is what the e-mails said.

Last Thursday we reported how the Crickett is a popular first gun.

"It is a legal product that is marketed to adults," said Renzulli.

Gun stores say it's meant for kids, and we found a Crickett commercial on youtube featuring children.

Renzulli says people who are blaming Crickett Rifle for the death of 2-year-old Caroline Sparks need to get a life.

"I think those are people that really have black hearts, and just have nothing else to do, but to spew venom," said Renzulli.

We asked Renzulli if Keystone is afraid of any legal action.  He said, "For what?"  Then we asked Renzulli why Keystone referred us to its lawyer.  Renzulli said he is also a family friend with the owners, and they reached out to him, because they felt attacked. 
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