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Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind

23 Juin 2017

During his concert on Tuesday, Bono said he was "grateful" Scalise (R-La.) and aides survived the shooting last week when a gunman opened fire on the lawmakers who were practicing for congressional GOP baseball game in Northern Virginia.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois, purchased the SKS rifle used in the shooting in 2003 and the handgun in November 2016, said Timothy R. Slater, special agent in charge at the FBI Washington Field Office. He has undergone several surgeries and remains in hospital. Over the weekend Scalise showed signs of improvement being more responsive with family members and was then upgraded to serious condition according to Medstar. Slater confirmed prior reports that Hodgkinson prior to shooting had asked an unspecified witness, "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?" U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed Hogdkinson, an unemployed home inspector with a deep animus toward President Donald Trump and other Republicans. For example, Slater said, a witness told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that on the morning of the shooting, Hodgkinson asked him, "Is this the Republican or Democratic baseball team?"

Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Scalise is the majority whip who rallies Republican votes in the House of Representatives. "[He] made numerous posts on his social media accounts espousing anti-Republican views, however, those posts appear to be First Amendment-protected rights".

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Before he left, neighbors in IL had complained that Hodgkinson was conducting target practice on his property, but police found he wasn't breaking any laws.

Investigators did find a list of lawmaker names that had been put together by the gunman, but there was no evidence to suggest that it was some kind of "hit list" or part of a broader plan to target individual members of Congress. The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle.

Officers were first dispatched to the scene at 7:10 a.m. June 14, Brown said, and officer Kevin Jobe, a 16-year Alexandria police veteran, arrived less than two minutes later.

Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind