Lobbyist wounded in GOP baseball shooting leaves hospital


Republicans and Democrats honored those injured in the Alexandria shooting - including Rep. Roger Williams, congressional aide Zach Barth and Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey - at the Congressional Baseball Game on June 15, raising a record $1.5 million for charity. Another police officer was injured.

Scalise's condition has been upgraded to "fair" from "serious", according to the hospital on Wednesday. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria, Virginia, area since Mach 2017, frequenting the YMCA near Eugene Simpson Park where he opened fire June 14. Two days before the shooting, Hodgkinson messaged a family member seeking to return home, Slater said.

Hodgkinson had been living out of his vehicle in the Alexandria area since traveling to the area from his home in Belleville, Illinois, in March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Additionally, Slater said, Hodgkinson did not appear to have had specific targets or "an agenda to actually follow through on these six individuals".

Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said at the press conference that Hodgkinson was "known to have an anger management problem". Officials also are running a trace on two weapons, including a rifle and a handgun.

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

Representative Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was gravely wounded in the shooting last week.

The FBI also said that Hodgkinson visited a storage facility in Alexandria more than 43 times between April and June.

On the morning of the attack, he arrived at 6:23 a.m. and left just 12 minutes later. The unit contained a laptop, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, the receipt for his 2016 rifle purchase, and other rifle components. "A second document with a rough sketch of several streets in Washington, D.C. was found on Hodgkinson, however, it was not deemed to be of investigative significance". "[He] made numerous posts on his social media accounts espousing anti-Republican views, however, those posts appear to be First Amendment-protected rights".

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., however has raised the prospect that the incident may have been politically motivated, saying shortly after the attack that a man who matched Hodgkinson's description approached him and others in the parking lot of the baseball field to ask whether the practice involved Republicans or Democrats.

"Here's a Republican that should lose his job, but they gave him a raise", Hodgkinson purportedly wrote at the time, referring to the Louisiana congressman.

Hodgkinson had a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress written on it, Slater said, but the note lacked any further context and there was no evidence from his computer, phone or other belongings that indicated he planned to target those officials.