Scalise's Shooter Appears to Have Acted Alone, FBI Says
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 19:23
He rented out a storage unit where he kept more than 200 rounds of ammunition, among other belongings.
Hodgkinson did not make any specific threats against members of Congress on his social media accounts, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Investigators said they still don't know exactly why Hodgkinson traveled to Alexandria or why he carried out the shooting. "We also assessed there was no nexus to terrorism".
"The shooter made numerous posts on his social media accounts, espousing anti-Republican views, however those posts appear to be first amendment protected rights", Slater says.
"On the shooter, we found a paper that contained the names of six members of Congress", Slater told reporters, though he did not characterize it as a hit list. A federal law enforcement official who is not authorized to comment publicly said it was not known whether gunman meant to target the lawmakers.
We've learned more today about the man who shot and almost killed Republican Congressman Steve Scalise at a baseball field in Virginia last week.
"Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement. "He is now listed in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation".
Slater said Hodgkinson displayed "just a pattern of life that things weren't going well" such as unemployment, diminishing savings, and a struggling marriage.
The FBI also said that Hodgkinson visited a storage facility in Alexandria more than 43 times between April and June. He declined to say whether the people on the list were Republicans or at the baseball practice.
The guns were purchased legally - the rifle in 2003 and the handgun in November.
In media interviews, Hodgkinson's wife has noted that he left their IL home after saying he was headed to Washington to work on tax policy. Through witness accounts, Hodgkinson was reported to frequent the local libraries in Alexandria where he could obtain free Wi-Fi; however, he was unable to use the Alexandria Library computers as he was a non-resident and therefore not eligible for a local library card. And sometime between April 15 and April 26, Hodgkinson visited the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Sen. Also injured during the shooting incident, two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Sanders has previously stated that the shooter apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign. Orear said Hodgkinson was a passionate progressive and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others.
The shooting occurred as 25 to 30 Republican members of the House and Senate had gathered for an early morning practice a day before the annual charity congressional baseball game against Democrats. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".