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Baseball shooter had list of 6 names

Baseball shooter had list of 6 names

Hodgkinson had been involved in a protest in Belleville, Illinois, where he was living outside a USA post office building. When the person said they were Republicans, Hodgkinson remained at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, just south of Washington.

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, a Metairie Republican, was the only congressman injured in the shooting. A family member told investigators Hodgkinson had expressed a desire to return to IL in a message on June 12.

Hodgkinson's social media accounts indicated strong anti-Republican views and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent said on Wednesday items found on his body included a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress but no context attached. Slater said Hodgkinson "suffered from taking some prescription medication". There was no connection to terrorism, they said, and Hodgkinson acted alone.

Yet Slater acknowledged that there was much more they didn't know about the former owner of a home inspection business. However, Slater claimed there is no indication the names were a hit list or intended targets. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona, provided no context or immediate indication that the lawmakers were targets.

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 also visited the office of Vermont Sen.

Slater can't explain how Hodgkinson knew Republicans were practicing for the congressional baseball game where he had been sleeping in his auto. Bernie Sanders and was "in communication" with offices of his IL senators.

Slater said Hodgkinson legally purchased both the guns he used in the attack - the handgun in March 2003 and the rifle in November 2016, after the presidential election. The shooting occurred shortly after 7 a.m., police have said. Sometimes, he would visit twice a day, but never for more than an hour. On the day of the shooting, he went to the unit at 6.23am and left at 6.35am. Four other people were wounded in the incident.

In March, Hodgkinson left IL and drove to Alexandria, Virginia, where he lived in his van in a YMCA parking lot. He would watch the field where the Republican baseball team had been practicing for about two months.

Still, Slater said that there is no evidence that the gunman had advance knowledge that the lawmakers would be practicing there or that he was specifically targeting any of those involved in the practice.

Some time later, Hodgkinson exited his auto, parked in the YMCA parking lot, with an SKS rifle and a holstered 9mm handgun.

Soon after the encounter, the 66-year-old retrieved a 7.62-caliber SKS rifle and 9mm handgun from his van before returning and calmly and deliberately opening fire at the lawmakers and their staff. Prior to his departure from IL, a neighbor reported Hodgkinson to police for firing a gun on his property, but police determined he had not committed a crime.


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