The gunman who opened fire on GOP congressman at a Virginia baseball field acted alone, according to The New York Times, and had a storage locker in the area in which he stored over 200 rounds of ammunition. He visited it daily, as well as within the hour of his assault.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, also possessed a list of six members of Congress, but according to FBI agent Timothy R. Slater of the Washington Field Office Criminal Division, the item would not be characterized as a “hit list.” But Slater acknowledged that Hodgkinson had an anger management problem.
“I think he was struggling in a lot of aspects in his life,” Slater told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday, noting also that he was on medication. “He was known to have an anger management problem.”
Slater said that Hodgkinson’s social media accounts contained strong anti-Republican viewpoints, but had made no threats online ahead of time. Authorities found a laptop computer, cell phone and digital camera in Hodgkinson’s car – none of them contained any premeditated threats against lawmakers, according to Reuters.
“There were no threats whatsoever,” said Slater.
Still, the FBI is not sure what prompted Hodgkinson to act out. The shooting occurred as 25 to 30 Republican members of the House and Senate had gathered for an early morning practice in anticipation of a charity game against a team of Democrats.
Among the injured and deceased was Congressman Scalise, No. 3 in the House of Representatives Republican leadership, who was shot in the hip. He remains hospitalized. Four others were injured, including two Capitol Hill police officers.
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