Gunman in Lawmaker Shooting Had Photographed Washington Landmarks, FBI Says

"The American Hospital Association says a person is in fair condition when the vital signs are stable and within normal limits; the patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable; and indicators are favorable".

We've learned more today about the man who shot and almost killed Republican Congressman Steve Scalise at a baseball field in Virginia last week.

On Wednesday morning, FBI officials released findings of the federal investigation into the shooting at a press conference.

The FBI said Hodgkinson arrived in Alexandria sometime in March.

The F.B.I. said that Mr. Hodgkinson was carrying a military-style rifle and a handgun.

Before he left IL in March, police had been called to his home for complaints he was conducting target practice on his property, Slater said. Local authorities determined he was doing nothing wrong and told him to keep the noise down. He rented out a storage unit where he kept more than 200 rounds of ammunition, among other belongings.

The storage facility's visitor log, Slater said, showed that Hodgkinson had gone there 43 times between April and June.

An FBI statement Wednesday said items found on Hodgkinson, who had been living in his vehicle in Alexandria at the time, included a piece of paper that contained the names of six members of Congress. Officials did not disclose the names.

"No context was included on this paper". "A second document with a rough sketch of several streets in Washington, D.C. was found on Hodgkinson, however, it was not deemed to be of investigative significance".

Two days before the shooting, a family member said Hodgkinson sent a message about coming back home to IL.

"He wanted to go up there and work with people to change the tax brackets." explained Hodgkinson's widow, Sue.

The morning of the shooting, on June 14, Hodgkinson saw the baseball practice, asked a bystander, "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?" to which the bystander said it was a Republican event. He said, 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around.

Investigators found several anti-Republican comments, but none rose above typical First Amendment-protected free speech.

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

James Hodgkinson used guns similar to these, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Friday.

A female police officer with less than two years' experience withstood a barrage of gunfire from the gunman.

Before being fatally shot multiple times by police, Hodgkinson wounded Scalise, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a congressional aide. Doctors said he had arrived at the hospital last Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

  • Annette Adams