ATF: Congressional shooter used 9 mm handgun, 7.62 caliber rifle
By Christen Smith
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.
Investigation into his background continues.
“The FBI has processed the shooter’s vehicle, a white conversion