Apr 17, 2007 3:27 pm US/Eastern
Gun Used In Rampage Traced To Roanoke Shop
CBS News has learned that one of the guns used in the Virginia Tech massacre � the 9mm semi-automatic Glock 19 � was purchased brand new at a Roanoke, Va., gun shop, Roanoke Firearms, 36 days ago.
According to store owner John Markell, Cho Seung-Hui paid about $570 on his credit card for the gun and a box of 50 rounds of ammunition used primarily for target practice.
Markell told CBS News that all documentation related to the gun, including the firearms transaction record, was picked up yesterday by three agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
In order to buy the gun, Cho had to show three forms of identification, including � as a legal alien � his green card. By law he was also subject to a state police background check. Markell says while his store has surveillance video, there is no video record of the transaction because the tapes are recycled every 30 days.
Markell said his store sells about 2,500 guns a year and that buying a Glock takes very little time for anyone. "You can be in and out in 20 minutes," he said.
According to ATF records, 32 guns involved in crimes between 1999-2003, including 27 handguns, were traced back to purchases from Roanoke Firearms.
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