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FBI: Scalise Shooter's Guns Indentified, Determined to Be Legally Purchased

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 16, 2017 | 11:09 AM EDT

FBI requests information about James T. Hodgkinson

The shooter in Wednesday’s attack on Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia was in possession of two types of guns – but, of which were legally purchased – the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports.

In a statement issued in conjunction with law enforcement officials, the FBI identifies the weapons in the possession of deceased suspect James T. Hodgkinson at the time of the attack that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) hospitalized in critical condition:

“The shooter’s weapons recovered at the scene include a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle.”

Both weapons were determined to have been legally purchased, the FBI reports:

“ATF has conducted traces on these weapons and has determined that both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees. We currently have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful.”

The FBI is currently asking the public to come forward and report any information on, or encounters with, Hodgkinson – and ensures tips can remain anonymous:

“The FBI thanks the public for having submitted tips on the shooter. We continue to seek information on any encounters the public may have had with him in his home state of Illinois or in Alexandria, Virginia, where law enforcement believe he has been staying since March 2017.

“The FBI’s Seeking Information poster on the shooter can be found at www.fbi.gov, and the public can call 1-800-CALL-FBI to report tips, which can remain anonymous.”