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Shooter Had List With the Names of 6 Congresspeople, Says FBI

23 June 2017

The shooting last Wednesday injured five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who MedStar Washington Hospital on Wednesday said remained hospitalized but was in fair condition and "making good progress".

The FBI also noted that the shooting appeared to be more of a spontaneous incident than one which Hodgkinson had planned. Slater said Hodgkinson searched only two of the names on this list on the internet.

"He was struggling in all kinds of different ways, " FBI Assistant Director Tim Slater said. After arriving in Washington from his home in IL, he took part in a demonstration to protest Republican tax policy - not activity that would arouse suspicion.

Officials elaborated on Hodgkinson's long-simmering political anger about Republicans and spiraling personal problems but still have not pinpointed what motivated the unemployed home inspector from IL to travel to the Washington area, where he spent months living in his van in Alexandria before launching the shootings.

A gunman acted alone when he shot and wounded a top US Republican politician and four other people on a baseball field in northern Virginia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said. They did not detail the names.

In November, shortly after Trump was elected, he purchased the two guns that he used in the shooting, a rifle and a 9mm handgun. They said he acted alone and had no connections to terror groups.

Hodgkinson, suspect in shooting at Congressional baseball practice.

The FBI said Hodgkinson arrived in Alexandria sometime in March.

He was "running out of money", unemployed, and looking for a job, while his 30-year marriage "was not going so well", Slater said.

The sheriff said deputies arrived to find Hodgkinson with a hunting rifle on his property where he was apparently engaged in target practice.

Hodgkinson visited the office of Sen.

Former neighbors and family members, meanwhile, said their encounters with Hodgkinson were marked by displays of simmering anger and unusual behavior.

Hodgkinson's online political rants were mostly anti-Republican and officials said they were within his First Amendment rights. When he told Hodgkinson that the team members were Republicans, Hodgkinson stayed nearby.

Hodgkinson usually visited his Alexandria storage locker between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., for a total of 43 times between April and June.

The FBI says Hodgkinson also rented a storage facility in the city, where he kept computers and over 200 rounds of ammunition.

Hodgkinson was fatally wounded in a shootout with police. For years he'd ranted about their tax plans on social media and in letters to newspapers.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip and suffered grave internal injuries, remains hospitalized.

He was in serious condition, according to a Twitter message from his office that was posted on Saturday (June 17). "We also assessed that there is no nexus to terrorism".

Before being fatally shot multiple times by police, Hodgkinson wounded Scalise, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a congressional aide.

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.