Alexandria shooting more ‘spontaneous' than planned, FBI says

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The man accused of opening fire at a Congressional baseball practice that left four people injured including Representative Steve Scalise, was a very troubled person, according to the FBI.

FBI officials said many things in James Thomas Hodgkinson's life were going badly.

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In March,  Hodgkinson left his wife and home in Illinois for DC, but never told anyone back home why.  His marriage was falling apart, he was unemployed and he was running out of money.  The FBI said he was on prescription medication, but would not say what kind.

Officials say Hodgkinson had posted many online anti-Republican rants but never made any threats.  

A note found on him contained the names of six members of Congress, but the FBI would not say who they were or whether any of them were on the field at the baseball practice last Wednesday. 

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Hodgkinson also visited the Dirkson Senate building and the office of Senator Bernie Sanders.  We don't know if he ever met Sanders.     He took a lot of pictures around and in the U.S. Capital, but the FBI does not believe those photos represented surveillance of intended targets.

The FBI believes the shooting was more spontaneous than planned.

“The FBI believes Hodgkinson acted alone...and that the shooting has no nexus to terrorism,” SOT.  Timothy R. Slater said. “As far as the weapons used, Hodgkinson had an SKS rifle that he purchased in 2003 and a nine-millimeter handgun he bought in November, after the election. Both were purchased legally.”

Rep. Scalise has since been listed in fair condition, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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