Congressional Baseball Practice Shooter Acted Alone, No Ties to Terror Organization

Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the Washington FBI office, also said during a news conference that James T. Hodgkinson did not have any ties to terrorism.

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.

On a piece of paper, he had written the names of six members of Congress, but Slater said it didn't seem like a hit list. 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. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity. He has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is being treated, said in its latest update on his condition that Scalise "continues an extended period of healing and rehabilitation". Orear said Hodgkinson was a passionate progressive and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others.

St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff Richard Watson, whose deputies have assisted federal investigators in a search of the gunman's Belleville home, said deputies last encountered Hodgkinson on March 24, when a neighbor reported gunshots fired in the area. 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.

Another Alexandria shooting victim, Matt Mika, is also now in "good condition" and has been discharged from George Washington University Hospital, his family said in a statement Friday.

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Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March and drove to the Alexandria area, where he then lived in his auto at a YMCA across the street from the baseball field.

The gunman came out of his vehicle with two rifles, a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 mm caliber SKS rifle.

Hodgkinson died from injuries inflicted during the shooting.

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill Friday to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

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.

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