'Wash Post' Reveals: Virginia Tech Killer Bought First Gun Online

By: E&P Staff Yesterday, the media revealed that Cho Seung Hui, the shooter in the Virginia Tech massacred, bought a pistol he used on Monday at a a gun shop in Roanoke, but mystery remained about the other weapon he used, with most reporting that he purchased it earlier this month.

Today The Washington Post clears that up. It discloses that on February 9, he "walked into a pawnshop on Main Street in Blacksburg, directly across the street from the Virginia Tech campus, and picked up one of the guns he would use in his deadly rampage Monday: a Walther .22-caliber pistol, a relatively inexpensive firearm most commonly used for target shooting or plinking cans....

"Joe Dowdy, owner of JND Pawnbrokers in Blacksburg, said Cho did not purchase the gun from him but came into his shop to pick it up, probably after buying it on the Internet. Dowdy said he received the gun from another vendor. Cho came into the shop, showed his ID, filled out some paperwork, waited for a background check and paid a $30 fee....

"Dowdy said he cannot be sure that Cho purchased the gun online but that is the most likely explanation for why another vendor would have sent it to the pawnshop for Cho.

"Both transactions were legal. Unlike some other states, Virginia has no waiting period before purchasing a handgun; nor does it require registration."


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