FBI officials held a press briefing Wednesday morning, in regards to last week’s shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
The shooter, James Hodgkinson, of Illinois, was discovered to be a former volunteer on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. He had made multiple social media posts describing his hatred of Republicans and Donald Trump.
Andrew Vale, the FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Director, stated that Hodgkinson acted alone, and “there is no nexus to terrorism.” He said they are considering the shooting an “assault on a member of Congress and an assault on a federal officer.”
Special Agent Timothy Slater said, “While the shooter was not known to have a history of diagnosed mental illness, he was known to have an anger-management problem.”
He reported that Hodgkinson had two weapons with him, along with a piece of paper that contained the names of six members of Congress. They claim that it wasn’t a “hit list” or a list of intended targets.
The FBI said even though the shooter had multiple posts on social media with anti-Republican rhetoric, he was simply exercising his first amendment rights.
Slater also reported that the shooter rented a storage unit in Alexandria in April 2017, where they found a laptop computer, over 200 rounds of ammunition, a receipt of a November 2016 gun purchase, and additional rifle components.
By reviewing activity logs at the storage unit, they discovered he had visited his unit over 43 times between April and June, and every day between June 4-June 14, including the morning of the shooting.
In his vehicle, at the scene of the shooting, officials found another laptop, a cell phone and a digital camera.
In the following video, FBI officials give their analysis that the shooting was not terror-related.
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