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FBI releases new information on gun used in Virginia shooting

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WSIL -- The FBI tells News 3 they recovered a 7.62 caliber rifle and a 9 mm handgun from the scene where investigators say James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, shot Congressman Steve Scalise.

Other media outlets reported earlier Thursday that an AR-15 was used in the shooting, which was not confirmed by the FBI or Washington D.C. Police at the time.

ABC News reported the weapon used was an SKS semi automatic rifle, which does shoot 7.62 caliber rounds.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office tells News 3 Hodgkinson had a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card, and the FBI confirmed Hodgkinson bought the weapons legally in Illinois.

Local gun shop owner and police officer J.D. Barter says Hodgkinson would have undergone multiple background checks to buy the weapons.

"Some of the states that are very close to us, you can go in and purchase a long gun and walk out with a long gun. In Illinois, it's a 24-hour wait minimum," explained Barter.

Virginia laws also require a background check, but open carry is allowed in the state as long as the gun owner has a valid concealed handgun permit.

FBI officials also tell News 3 they are currently processing a cellphone, computer and camera recovered from Hodgkinson's van that was parked across the street from the Alexandria, Virginia baseball field where they say he opened fire.

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