Hospital: Scalise upgraded to fair condition

23 June, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Brittany Bishop
  • FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater holds up a flyer looking for information about the deceased suspect James T. Hodgkinson during a media availability Wednesday

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. But they said they had not yet clarified who, if anyone, he planned to target, or why, beyond his animus toward President Donald Trump and the Republicans he felt were ruining the country.

Slater said evidence thus far indicates Hodgkinson acted alone and had no ties to organized terrorism.

Hodgkinson frequently ranted on social media, espousing "anti-Republican views", Slater said, but he never made any threats to members of Congress or to the Congressional Baseball Game. They did not detail the names.

A review of the gunman's internet searches showed the man only did a cursory search of two people on the list, said Slater, who did not denote which two lawmakers.

He said authorities found a laptop computer, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's vehicle 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. The FBI did not say what the response from the family member was. "When the witness responded that it was a Republican event, Hodgkinson reportedly remained at the baseball field".

The FBI offered little insight into the gunman's motive other than to say 66-year-old James Thomas Hodgkinson "was struggling with a lot of aspects of his life", said Timothy Slater, an FBI special agent-in-charge at the Washington field office, during a press conference. He said it appeared Hodgkinson was married for 30 years and the marriage was not "going so well".

Slater can't explain how Hodgkinson knew Republicans were practicing for the congressional baseball game where he had been sleeping in his auto. In addition, Hodgkinson visited the office of Sen. When he heard the players were Republican, the witness said he lingered near the field.

On the morning of the attack, he arrived at 6:23 a.m. and left just 12 minutes later.

Slater said Hodgkinson fired at least 50 rounds from the rifle and 10 additional rounds from the handgun before two U.S. Capitol Police officers and Alexandria police returned fire.

The guns were purchased legally - the rifle in 2003 and the handgun in November.

In addition to his social media accounts, he wrote letters to his local newspaper that blamed Republicans for what he considered an agenda that helped the wealthy. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.

Louisiana's Steve Scalise's condition was improved from serious to fair after the shooting that left major damage to his internal organs and resulted in massive bleeding. Another US Capitol Police officer was struck by shrapnel and Representative Roger Williams (a Texas Republican) injured his ankle while helping others take cover.

Hodgkinson had rented a storage unit in Alexandria. He had become somewhat of a fixture at the YMCA, carrying a laptop and a gym bag.


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