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

A week after an IL man shot a top Republican in Congress and wounded several others, law enforcement officials said the investigation has found that the gunman acted alone when he fired dozens of bullets at lawmakers gathered for a Republican baseball practice, and that no links to any wider plot had been found by the FBI. Two others also suffered minor injuries.

"He was struggling with a lot of things in his life", Timothy Slater, special agent in charge of FBI's Washington Field Office, said.

Investigators said it's still not clear what prompted the unemployed Bellville resident to travel from his home in IL to the Washington-area where they believe he lived out of his van since March.

A list containing the names of six members of congress was also found on the gunman, though the FBI said investigators were not characterizing it as a "hit list".

Both the rifle and handgun Hodgkinson was carrying were purchased legally through federal firearms licenses, the FBI said. Hodgkinson was fatally wounded in a shootout with police.

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The gunman was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who volunteered for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

"He was known to have an anger management problem", Slater said at a news conference, adding later that Hodgkinson was on medication and "struggling" in a number of ways, including a hard personal life. Another laptop, a cell phone and a digital camera were found in Hodgkinson's vehicle following the shooting.

The FBI said in a statement the agency is actively investigating him to look at his associates, whereabouts and any activity on social media.

Hodgkinson had expressed anti-Republican views online but Slater said, "There were no threats whatsoever".

"A review of Hodgkinson's web searches in the months prior to the shooting revealed only a cursory search of two of those members of Congress", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. He also visited the office of independent Sen.

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"At this point in the investigation, it appears more spontaneous", Slater said.

Once he arrived in Alexandria, Virginia, Hodgkinson frequented the YMCA location right next to the baseball diamond in the Del Ray neighborhood, and even went there the morning of the shooting.

Authorities also found 200 rounds of ammunition in a storage locker Hodgkinson had rented in April in Alexandria, Slater said. A family member told investigators Hodgkinson had expressed a desire to return to IL in a message on June 12. Witnesses say he frequently used the free Wi-Fi at local libraries in Alexandria, Va.

Last week, a law enforcement source told CNN that a list of names - including some Republican members of Congress - was found with the Alexandria shooter.

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