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Congressional baseball practice shooter acted alone

Congressional baseball practice shooter acted alone

Later Wednesday, the hospital treating Scalise, who was shot in the hip and seriously wounded, announced his condition had improved to fair and that he "continues to make good progress". Inside, among his belongings, investigators found 200 rounds of ammunition and a receipt for a gun purchase in November 2016.

Analysis of the electronic media items recovered from Hodgkinson's belongings assessed that Hodgkinson did not place any online posts of threats or references to members of Congress or the Congressional baseball game.

New details from the FBI investigation into accused Congressional shooter James Hodkinson.

The FBI also analyzed Hodgkinson's devices and social-media accounts and said that while his posts included numerous "anti-Republican" sentiments, they appeared so far to be First Amendment-protected speech.

Agents said they aren't sure whether the shooting was a spontaneous or a planned event, but that it now seems to have been more spontaneous.

Both the rifle and handgun Hodgkinson was carrying were purchased legally through federal firearms licenses, the FBI said. A federal law enforcement official who is not authorized to comment publicly said it was not known whether gunman meant to target the lawmakers.

Five people were shot by Hodgkinson on the baseball field, including Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, a former congressional aide, a current staffer of Congressman Roger Williams, and two US Capitol Police Officers.




Scalise, who was shot in the hip and was in a critical condition after the shooting, is now in a "fair condition" and is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said on Wednesday.

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 said that on June 12, a family member asked Hodgkinson in a text message to return home to IL.

"Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?"

The investigation lends a rough timeline of movements and activities of the gunman, James "Tom" Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, before the shooting happened.

That morning, Hodgkinson used Google Maps to search for a route from Alexandria to his home in Belleville.

On the day of the incident, Hodgkinson shot at the players on the field with the semiautomatic rifle and the 9mm handgun and had bought the weapons from licensed gun dealers, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bernie Sanders. The gunman was an ardent supporter of the senator's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, but it was not immediately clear whether Hodgkinson had any direct contact with Sanders. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. In addition to Scalise, Hodgkinson shot three others. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co", the Washington Post reported.


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