Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind

  • Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind

Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind

He also did it the morning before attacking House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other people.

Inside the storage unit, authorities found components for the SKS rifle, a receipt for the November 2016 gun purchase and 200 rounds of ammunition.

A lobbyist, a congressional aide and a US Capitol Police officer were also shot in the incident.

An FBI official with the Washington field office, Timothy Slater, declined to say whose names were on the list, and whether it included members of one party, or both.

He exited his auto last Wednesday carrying two weapons - the SKS rifle that had been modified to use a detachable magazine and a folding stock, and a 9mm handgun in a holster - that had been bought legally, Slater said.

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

"I know that he was struggling in all kinds of different ways, but I do not know the specifics of why he intended, or his motive at the time", Slater said".

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old white male from IL, opened a barrage of gunfire on June 14 at a congressional baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise's office said Wednesday that the congressman, who was "as critical as it could be" when he arrived at a Washington, D.C., hospital last week, is now listed in fair condition.

He also had several run-ins with local law enforcement in IL and disagreements with neighbours, including shooting off rounds into pine trees.

The night before the shooting, Hodgkinson did a Google search for the "2017 Republican Convention", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Before the first shots were reported just after 7 a.m., Hodgkinson raised the ominous prospect of a politically-motivated attack when he encountered Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and others in the baseball field parking lot.

Investigators spent the last week tracking every move of 66-year-old Tom Hodgkinson, from the first time he showed up on police radar to the day of his attack.

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".

The sheriff said deputies arrived to find Hodgkinson with a hunting rifle on his property where he was apparently engaged in target practice.

Hodgkinson had a piece of paper that listed the names of six members of Congress, the FBI investigation revealed.

On the morning of the shooting, Hodgkinson approached a witness near the baseball field, asking, "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?" Capitol Police investigated the threat sent to Garrett via a private Facebook message, in which a a fake Facebook account threatened, in detail, to kill Garrett and members of his family.

"Here's a Republican that should lose his job, but they gave him a raise", Hodgkinson purportedly wrote at the time, referring to the Louisiana congressman.