Gunman made no threats to Congress before Virginia shooting

Claudine Rigal
Juin 23, 2017

Hodgkinson's posts did not include "threats or references to Members of Congress or the Congressional baseball game".

The gunman who shot four people including a Republican member of Congress at a baseball field last week acted alone and was not connected to terrorism, FBI investigators said Wednesday.

Hodgkinson was "struggling in all kinds of different ways" and was on prescription medication at the time of the shooting, according to Slater. Hodgkinson also researched directions for driving from Alexandria back to his home of Belleville, Illinois.

During his time in the Washington area, Hodgkinson participated in a demonstration over tax reform on April 15, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said.

Hodgkinson rented a storage unit in the Washington area in April, where he had a laptop and other items.

Through an analysis of witness testimony and Hodgkinson's electronic devices, investigators learned Hodgkinson had been visiting tourist sites in Washington like the National Mall and various monuments. Bernie Sanders of Vermont sometime between April 15 and April 26.

On June 12, Hodgkinson sent a message to a family member in IL saying he would be returning home.

Investigators also found a laptop, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's vehicle.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the congressman grievously injured in last week's shooting at a Republican baseball practice is "on the road to recovery" but it will take some time.

It was early on the morning of June 14 when James T. There has been no evidence found, officials said, suggesting the gun sales were illegal.

There are new details about the gunman who attacked members of Congress on a wide-open field last week. Two Capitol Police special agents engaged him and Alexandria police responded to the scene.

At 7:14 a.m., Hodgkinson was reported down.

Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 Republican in the House, was gravely wounded after a rifle bullet tore through his hip.

Slater said Hodgkinson was not known to have a history of diagnosed mental illness, though he displayed "anger management" issues. He said nothing while injured in custody before dying, Slater said.

There was "no context included" with the list of names of members of Congress that was found on Hodgkinson, FBI officials said.

The FBI is treating the attempted mass assassination of Republican lawmakers as "assault" and not terrorism, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew Vale announced at a press conference Tuesday morning. Slater also said he wouldn't call the list a "hit list".

A Facebook page believed to belong to Hodgkinson includes pictures of Sanders and rants against Trump and Republicans.

That's according to the statement from the One Campaign. The rifle was modified to accept a detachable magazine and the original stock was replaced with a folding stock. He bought his pistol in 2003. Records show that the battery case in 2006, which resulted in his arrest, was dismissed after a period of "supervision".

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