Gunman in Lawmaker Shooting Had Photographed Washington Landmarks, FBI Says

Trevor Jackson
June 26, 2017

Adrift and almost out of money after three months of living out of his van in the Washington area, the gunman who shot a top House Republican and four other people on a Virginia baseball field didn't have any concrete plans to inflict violence on the Republicans he loathed, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said Wednesday.

Two Capitol Police officers were also wounded.

Authorities later said that Hodgkinson had kept a storage locker filled with more than 200 rounds of ammunition at the YMCA near the baseball field.

The bill also turns another of Trump's campaign into law by creating a permanent VA accountability office, which Trump established by executive order in April.

They added that a piece of paper was found on the shooter with the names of six representatives written on it.

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

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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. Hodgkinson had been in email contact with the two Democratic senators from IL, he said.

Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said at the press conference that Hodgkinson was "known to have an anger management problem".

Watson said he learned of Hodgkinson's connection to the Virginia shooting shortly after 9:30 a.m., when he arrived at the department for a meeting. 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.

Scalise was the most seriously injured in the attack.The bullet pierced his pelvis, fracturing bones and injuring internal organs.

Barth was shot in the leg and has already been released from the hospital. I thank President Trump and Secretary Shulkin for their unwavering commitment to our nation's heroes, and it is an honor to stand with them on this historic day.

Hodgkinson, outside the Post Office in his hometown, Belleville, Ill., in 2012.

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