Federal Bureau of Investigation to detail findings on Congressional baseball shooting
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 20:26
Vale, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said the shooter acted alone and the case is being investigated as an assault on a member of Congress, not as a terrorist incident. Hodgkinson was taking prescription drugs, although Slater did not say what the drugs were for or whether he was abusing them.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in serious condition at a local hospital, one of five people wounded in the attack, including two Capitol Police officers.
Others injured in the shooting include two Capitol Police officers, Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner; Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods; and Zach Barth, a legislative correspondent for Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.
Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March and drove to the Alexandria area, where he had been living in his auto at a YMCA across the street from the baseball field. An activity log at the storage facility revealed that he had visited his unit more than 43 times between April and June.
At a news conference on Wednesday, FBI officials gave an overview of the evidence they've gathered on Hodgkinson. The message was accompanied by a cartoon depiction of Scalise. The other victims also are recovering from their wounds. Brooks and Duncan were at the baseball practice that morning, Franks was not. A federal law enforcement official who is not authorized to comment publicly said it was not known whether gunman meant to target the lawmakers.
Scalise and other congressional Republicans were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats when the gunman started shooting.
In Belleville, Hodgkinson also had a record of arrests on various criminal charges dating back to 1988, according to St. Clair County, Ill., Circuit Court documents. Hodgkinson was fatally wounded in a shootout with police.
"While the shooter was not known to have a history of diagnosed mental illness, he was known to have an anger management problem", Slater says.
He said authorities found a laptop computer, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's vehicle but an analysis of the items showed that he did not place any online posts of threats or references to lawmakers or the baseball game. "He showed the deputy his firearms identification card". "It was just a pattern of life where you could tell things were not going well".
At no time, Watson said, did Hodgkinson's behavior appear erratic or threatening. "I about fell out of my chair", Watson said, adding that authorities began to search their files for records of contacts with the shooter. He'd told a family member he was traveling to Washington without providing any additional information, said Slater.