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Gunman who shot United States politician Steve Scalise acted alone, says Federal Bureau of Investigation

Gunman who shot United States politician Steve Scalise acted alone, says Federal Bureau of Investigation

The officers were part of a security detail assigned to Scalise because he is majority whip and the third-ranking GOP House member.

Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., stashed 200 rounds of ammunition, a receipt for a November 2016 gun purchase and additional parts to the SKS 7.62 rifle he used at the ballfield, Slater said.

The FBI also confirmed an account given to the news media by Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who said that as he was leaving the practice, just minutes before the shooting, Hodgkinson had approached him and asked whether the baseball players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

"We also assessed that there was no nexus to terrorism", said Andrew Vale, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office. Hodgkinson also had email communications with the two U.S. senators for Illinois - Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin.

GJELTEN: Agent Slater said it appears Hodgkinson's decision to shoot up a Republican baseball practice was more spontaneous than planned.

Scalise was seriously wounded in the shooting and has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized, local media reported. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and had earlier emailed the offices of senators from IL.

The FBI said Hodgkinson arrived in Alexandria sometime in March. Another US Capitol Police officer was struck by shrapnel and Representative Roger Williams (a Texas Republican) injured his ankle while helping others take cover. The police shot Hodgkinson at the scene, and he later died of his injuries.

Police say a second document with a rough sketch of several streets in the District was also found on him but was not deemed to be of investigative significance.

Hodgkinson carried a list with the names of six Congress members.

They believe Hodgkinson, 66, lived out of his vehicle, in the parking lot of an Alexandria YMCA, for months.

Slater said it did not appear that Hodgkinson had a target in mind when he opened fire at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria last week.

Investigators also reviewed Hodgkinson's online searches and browsing history, revealing queries for the "2017 Republican Convention" and directions from Alexandria to his IL home on the night before the shooting. For example, Slater said, a witness told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that on the morning of the shooting, Hodgkinson asked him, "Is this the Republican or Democratic baseball team?"

Hodgkinson, suspect in shooting at Congressional baseball practice.

"It was a pattern of life where you could tell things were not going well for Tom", Slater said, referring to Hodgkinson by his middle name.

The storage facility's visitor log, Slater said, showed that Hodgkinson had gone there 43 times between April and June.

"Without regard to their personal safety, they stepped up and did what was necessary to protect those around them", said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa.


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