Adrift and struggling to cope with an array of personal problems, James Hodgkinson was running out of money and told a family member that he wanted to return to IL.
Information released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows the deranged gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice had visited the office of Sen.
U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, who was shot while practicing baseball last week, is no longer being held in the intensive care unit at the hospital where he is being treated, a source familiar with his condition said on Friday.
"That list could have been something different, but I don't think it was meant to be a good thing", said Griffith, R-Salem. The main one, which is not a surprise by this point, is that the shooter, James Thomas Hodgkinson, acted alone and had no terrorist connections.
The unemployed former home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, was known to have anger management issues, was running out of money and on prescription medication before the attack, Slater said. But officials say there was no context included on the piece of paper. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona, provided no context or immediate indication that the lawmakers were targets.
Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen.
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The gunman was identified as Hodgkinson, 66, who volunteered for Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign. Hodgkinson had been in email contact with the two Democratic senators from IL, he said. Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
After the shooting, investigators searched Hodgkinson's home in IL and a storage facility in Alexandria he began renting in April. Most visits were between 6 and 7am. At times, he went to the unit daily and sometimes more than once.
Investigators believe Hodgkinson had been living out of his van parked near the baseball field since late March after traveling to the area from his home in Belleville, Ill.
"Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?"
The FBI confirmed that a witness reported that Hodgkinson has asked them on the morning of the shooting: "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?"
Hodgkinson obtained the weapons used in the shooting legally, purchasing the rifle in 2003 and the handgun in 2016 from licensed firearms dealers. Hodgkinson's arrest in 1992 by Illinois State Police for suspicion of resisting and obstructing a peace officer also was dismissed.