Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Seems To Have Been Spontaneous, FBI Says

Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Seems To Have Been Spontaneous, FBI Says

Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Seems To Have Been Spontaneous, FBI Says

Hodgkinson, 66, fired on House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and other GOP lawmakers last Wednesday morning, during the final practice for the annual charity congressional baseball game.

After the shooting, investigators searched Hodgkinson's home in IL and a storage facility in Alexandria he began renting in April.

Two Capitol Police officers were also wounded. "He is now listed in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation", the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.

Hodgkinson died from injuries inflicted during the shooting. In reality, he was fighting for his life amid several surgeries at the Washington hospital. On Wednesday, Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle, threw out the first pitch of the Congressional Softball Game from a wheelchair. A sketch of several Washington-area streets also found on the dead gunman was "not deemed to be of investigative significance", 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.

On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement saying that the gunman who shot Rep. Scalise and four others last week had a note with the names of six legislative members written in bold. He rented out a storage unit where he kept more than 200 rounds of ammunition, among other belongings.

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"FBI analysis of the electronic media items recovered which I will note is still ongoing", Slater added, "did not reveal that the shooter placed any online posts or threats or references to members of Congress or the congressional baseball game itself".

Hodgkinson had a list of six members of Congress on him, Slater said, but there was no indication that he meant to target them.

Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was taken to the hospital after his leg was grazed by a bullet.

The FBI had said Hodgkinson came to Alexandria in March. I thank President Trump and Secretary Shulkin for their unwavering commitment to our nation's heroes, and it is an honor to stand with them on this historic day. One recent Facebook post of his read: "Trump is a Traitor. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

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. He also had several run-ins with local law enforcement in IL and disagreements with neighbors.

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