FBI: Alexandria shooter bought guns legally
WASHINGTON, DC — The FBI says the firearms used by the gunman in Wednesday morning’s shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, were purchased from federal firearms licensees.
Investigators say they recovered a 9mm and a 7.62 caliber rifle from the scene. FBI Detectives say James Hodgkinson opened fire at the Eugene Simpson Stadium on East Monroe Avenue hitting Rep. Steve Scalise (R- LA) and four others at a baseball practice for Republican members of Congress. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says they’ve traced both weapons and have no evidence that suggests the purchases were illegal.
The FBI is investigating Hodgkinson as well as his activities and social media interactions in the months leading up to the shooting. The Bureau found Hodgkinson’s cell phone, computer, and camera which in his white van. Investigators say Hodgkinson left his van parked in the YMCA’s parking lot, which is adjacent to the park where the shooting took place.
The FBI believe the suspect moved to Alexandria from Belleville, Illinois in March 2017.
Law enforcement agencies are seeking to talk to people who knew the suspect in his home state of Illinois or in Alexandria. If you have any information you’re asked to called the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, you can remain anonymous.