Guns The Congressional Shooter Used

Federal officials said the man who shot a congressman and four others this week at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia used a 7.62 caliber rifle, according to a statement released Thursday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois, bought the rifle and a 9mm handgun found at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park from a federally-licensed firearms dealer.

“We currently have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful,” the agency said in the joint statement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hodgkinson opened fire Wednesday morning on more than two dozen congressional Republicans and staffers practicing at the park in preparation for a charity baseball game scheduled Thursday. Witnesses report Hodgkinson fired more than 50 rounds across field, striking two staffers, two Capitol Hill police officers and the third highest ranking House GOP member, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

A security detail accompanied Scalise to the field that morning — a factor many lawmakers at the scene insist saved their lives.

Hodgkinson died at a nearby hospital Wednesday morning after a firefight with both Capitol Hill and Alexandria law enforcement.


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  • Kaywhever

    Democrats wrong about gun control again. I am waiting for them to outlaw white vans traveling across bridges.

  • Freedom Fighter

    It’s not about gun control…’s about control. Simple as that.

    • So right its about people control ! and has nothing to do about guns except we would be like the U K folks fighting the Muslims with no weapons .Lock N Load !

  • All concealed permits need to be legal no matter where you are at, or what ever state you are in. This is redickulous. The back ground checks people go through I feel much safer with a good guy or gal with a gun! We the good people of this country are going to take this country back! Let’s all get behind and support Mr Trump! God Bless America!

  • CaptJellico

    Once again we can see it proven beyond a shadow of a doubt (well, unless you’re a liberal)–Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns, period.

  • Alan404

    The reference to 7.62 caliber rifle is a halfassed referencethatprovides precious little information to anyone who might be interested. The nameless “federal officials” should be able to do better.

  • Gary

    This proves, without a shadow of doubt, Demoncraps should NOT be allowed to own guns!!