Gunman bought gun clips on eBay

The gunman who killed 32 people and wounded scores of others at Virginia tech bought handgun ammunition clips on eBay, investigators say.

The gunman who killed 32 people and wounded scores of others at Virginia Tech bought handgun ammunition clips on eBay, investigators have revealed.

Seung-Hui Cho bought the empty ammunition clips from a vendor in Idaho about three weeks before Monday's massacre, according to the Associated Press. An eBay spokesman said the purchase was legal and that the company has cooperated with authorities.

An eBay spokesman confirmed that Cho used the eBay ID blazers5505. Cho had been a registered eBay user since January 2004, using the account to sell items such as Hokies football tickets, horror books and a Texas Instruments graphics calculator that contained several games. His member profile lists his feedback as 98.5 percent, receiving only one negative comment.

Authorities are also examining the personal computers found in Cho's dorm room and seeking his cell phone records. A search warrant affidavit filed Friday stated that investigators wanted to search Cho's e-mail accounts, the AP reported.

Investigators also plan to search the Virginia Tech e-mail account belonging to Emily Hilscher, one of the first two victims, to determine whether he had any contact with her.

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