Gunman in Lawmaker Shooting Had Photographed Washington Landmarks, FBI Says

James Hodgkinson of Belleville Illinois. James Hodgkinson  via REUTERS

A list containing the names of six members of Congress also was found on the gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, but Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Timothy R. Slater of the Washington Field Office Criminal Division said he would not characterize it as a "hit list" or as individuals being targeted.

The 66-year old James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville shot and injured Steve Scalise House Majority Whip including two Capitol police officers.

Scalise is at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which said earlier this week that Scalise is in fair condition.

Slater can't explain how Hodgkinson knew Republicans were practicing for the congressional baseball game where he had been sleeping in his vehicle.

The three other people also shot in Wednesday's attack are Congressional aide Zach Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika and U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Scalise is "doing a lot better", House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday, reporting that he has been talking and texting.

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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. Investigators also found indications that Hodgkinson meant to go home to Belleville, Illinois on his computer.

"He was struggling in all kinds of different ways, " FBI Assistant Director Tim Slater said.

Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March and drove to the Alexandria area, where he then lived in his auto at a YMCA across the street from the baseball field. But they said they had not yet clarified who, if anyone, he planned to target, or why, beyond his animus toward President Donald Trump and the Republicans he felt were ruining the country. Sanders has previously stated that the shooter apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign. "In the shooter's vehicle, located at the scene of the shooting, we found another laptop computer, a cell phone, and a digital camera". He had been living in Alexandria since March 2017 and found in a storage unit he had been renting in Alexandria since April 6 a piece of paper that include the names of six members of Congress and a sketch of several streets in Washington, D.C. The latter document was ruled not significant.

Yet Slater acknowledged that there was much more they didn't know about the former owner of a home inspection business.

"It was a pattern of life where you could tell things were not going well for Tom", Slater said, referring to Hodgkinson by his middle name. "Even though he was on his own property, he told the deputy that he probably should take the rifle to a gun range, just to be safe".

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