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

Posted June 26, 2017

The shooter that injured five people, including a member of Congress, had a list in his pocket with the names of six members of Congress on it when he started firing at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said at a news conference Wednesday.

Hodgkinson acted alone and had no ties to terrorism, Slater said at the news conference.

The gunman visited the storage locker 43 times between April and June During that time period, he sometimes visited the unit daily, or even multiple times a day, Slater said. He was near death when he arrived at the hospital and remained in critical condition into this week.

Scalise was the most seriously injured in the attack.The bullet pierced his pelvis, fracturing bones and injuring internal organs.

He said authorities found a laptop computer, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's auto 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.

During the assault at the baseball field, Hodgkinson was armed with a 7.62 mm caliber SKS rifle and a 9 mm handgun and fired about 60 rounds, Slater said. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman.

Yet Slater acknowledged that there was much more they didn't know about the former owner of a home inspection business.

Additionally, Slater said, Hodgkinson did not appear to have had specific targets or "an agenda to actually follow through on these six individuals".

According to Timothy Slater, who is the special agent in charge of the investigation by the #FBI, a piece of paper with the names of six lawmakers was found on Hodgkinson by investigators.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown lauded the heroic actions of Officer Nicole Battaglia and two other officers who were the first to arrive at a field where GOP congressmen were practicing for the game.

A "rough sketch of several streets" in the District of Columbia was also found but officials said it was believed to be "not of investigative significance". In addition to Scalise, Hodgkinson shot three others. In addition, Hodgkinson visited the office of Sen.

"I would not classify that as a hit list", Slater said. He would watch the field where the Republican baseball team had been practicing for about two months.

FILE - In this April 17, 2012, photo, James Hodgkinson of Belleville protests outside of the United States Post Office in Downtown Belleville, Ill.