The FBI announced Wednesday that James Hodgkinson, who opened fire last week at a baseball practice for congressional Republicans, acted alone and had no links to terrorism. Officials also revealed that on the day of the shooting, he’d carried a list with the names of six lawmakers on it.
The bureau said in a statement:
Law enforcement searched Hodgkinson’s vehicle at the scene of the shooting; a storage facility that he rented beginning April 16, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia; and his home in Belleville [Illinois]. Items found on Hodgkinson included a piece of paper that contained the names of six members of Congress. No context was included on this paper, however, a review of Hodgkinson’s web searches in the months prior to the shooting revealed only a cursory search of two of those members of Congress. 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.
At a press conference, Tim Slater, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Washington field office, declined to say who any of the lawmakers on the list are. He added that 66-year-old Hodgkinson, who died at a hospital after the shooting, had an “anger-management problem.”
In its statement, the bureau also reported that Hodgkinson’s phone contained photographs and video taken between April 11 and April 26 of various sites on the National Mall; the U.S. Capitol grounds; and the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, where the shooting occurred. “At this point in the investigation, the FBI does not believe that these photographs represented surveillance of intended targets, however, we continue to learn more about Hodgkinson’s recent activities,” it said.