Gunman at Virginia ballfield kept local storage locker with ammunition

Tim Slater special agent in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office holds up a flyer looking for information about shooter James T. Hodgkinson at a news conference a week ago in Alexandria Va

Tim Slater special agent in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office holds up a flyer looking for information about shooter James T. Hodgkinson at a news conference a week ago in Alexandria Va

He also did it the morning before attacking House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other people. Inside, among his belongings, investigators found 200 rounds of ammunition and a receipt for a gun purchase in November 2016.

The gunman who shot four people including a Republican member of Congress at a baseball field last week acted alone and was not connected to terrorism, FBI investigators said Wednesday.

New details from the FBI investigation into accused Congressional shooter James Hodkinson. The FBI has also determined Hodkinson acted alone and has no ties to terrorism.

The officials also described the shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria as more of a spontaneous incident rather than a meticulously planned one.

SLATER: If you look at his pattern of life and what he was doing on his laptop and social media accounts, there's no indication that that was a list of targets or there was any threats associated with those names on the list. He underwent several surgeries and remains hospitalised at MedStar Washington Hospital Centre.

He also had several run-ins with local law enforcement in IL and disagreements with neighbours, including shooting off rounds into pine trees.

The investigation into the attack is still active as police continue to analyze evidence from the scene, authorities said.

Before being fatally shot multiple times by police, Hodgkinson wounded Scalise, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a congressional aide.

Hodgkinson was fatally wounded in a shootout with police.

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He said authorities found a laptop computer, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's vehicle but an analysis of the items showed that he did not place any online posts of threats or references to lawmakers or the baseball game.

Hodgkinson's online political rants were mostly anti-Republican and officials said they were within his First Amendment rights. "However, a review of the shooter's web searches in the months prior to the shooting revealed. a cursory search of two of the members".

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.

The morning of the shooting, on June 14, Hodgkinson saw the baseball practice, asked a bystander, "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?" to which the bystander said it was a Republican event.

Hodgkinson carried a list with the names of six Congress members.

In Alexandria, Hodgkinson became somewhat of a fixture at the YMCA, which is across the street from the field.

"Without regard to their personal safety, they stepped up and did what was necessary to protect those around them", said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa.

The storage facility's visitor log, Slater said, showed that Hodgkinson had gone there 43 times between April and June.

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