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FBI: Alexandria shooter acted alone

The FBI says there was "no nexus to terrorism" in the case of the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise


Charlie May
June 21, 2017 5:58PM (UTC)

The FBI announced on Wednesday that James T. Hodgkinson — the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., during a Congressional baseball practice — acted alone.

"We also assessed that there was no nexus to terrorism," Andrew Vale, assistant director of the FBI in Washington said.

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Hodgkinson, 66, was known to have an anger management problem as well and his wife has cooperated with the investigation.

Hodgkinson was from Illinois and opened fire on Republican members of Congress last week and was shot and killed by police as they responded to the incident. The investigation is still ongoing and CNN reported that authorities found a list created by Hodgkinson with names of six members of Congress, though their names and parties were not released. Scalise who is the House Majority Whip was the only member of Congress injured during the attack.

CNN reported:

The FBI said that evidence collected so far suggests Hodgkinson used two weapons, a 7.62 mm caliber SKS rifle, purchased in March 2003, and a 9 mm handgun, purchased in November 2016. Both firearms were purchased legally through federal firearms licenses. Hodgkinson's previous record only included a charge of domestic battery in 2006. Prior to traveling to Washington, local law enforcement in Belleville had been called to Hodgkinson's residence due to complaints of target practice he was conducting on his property, the FBI said.

Hodgkinson rented a storage unit in mid-April and made visits to it dozens of times in the weeks leading up to the shooting. CNN reported that Authorities found 200 round of ammunition inside.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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