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Gunman made no threats to Congress before Virginia shooting

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Kristopher Love | 23 June, 2017, 02:06

Hodgkinson also "did not place any online posts of threats or references to members of Congress or the Congressional baseball game", according to the update from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On Hodgkinson's body, investigators found a list containing the names of six members of Congress, Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Congressman Steve Scalise is in fair condition and "is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation", according to Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

The officers, who were assigned to Scalise's security detail and exchanged gunfire with Hodgkinson, were credited with helping prevent more people from being injured that day.

Before being fatally shot multiple times by police, Hodgkinson wounded Scalise, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a congressional aide.

In April, Hodgkinson took cell phone photos and videos of various sites on the National Mall, and of several monuments including the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

It was early on the morning of June 14 when James T. One recent Facebook post of his read: "Trump is a Traitor". Last Wednesday, he went to the unit at 6:23am and left it at 6:35am. The message was accompanied by a cartoon depiction of Scalise. There was "no context included", though, and Slater would not characterize it as a "hit list" or as individuals being targeted, nor would Slater identify the members on the list in any way.

Agents also announced some of the names on the shooter's list that he carried with him, one of which was U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., however has raised the prospect that the incident may have been politically motivated, saying shortly after the attack that a man who matched Hodgkinson's description approached him and others in the parking lot of the baseball field to ask whether the practice involved Republicans or Democrats.

Adrift and struggling to cope with an array of personal problems, James Hodgkinson was running out of money and told a family member that he wanted to return to IL.

"At this point in the investigation, it appears more spontaneous", Slater said. Slater declined to name the officials whose names were on the note or say whether they were Republicans or Democrats or were at the baseball practice. "He showed the deputy his firearms identification card".

At no time, Watson said, did Hodgkinson's behavior appear erratic or threatening. "I about fell out of my chair", Watson said, adding that authorities began to search their files for records of contacts with the shooter. When he heard the players were Republican, the witness said he lingered near the field. The FBI did not say what the response from the family member was. He had told his wife he was headed to the nation's capital to work on tax policy.

"I had no idea this was going to happen", she told reporters. "I can't wrap my head around it, OK?"