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Rep. Steve Scalise released from intensive care unit

26 June 2017

A week after a gunman opened fire a baseball practice for Republican Congress members and staffers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, acted alone and had no terrorist ties. Hodgkinson, armed with an assault-style rifle and handgun, was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the two officers and other local police in what Alexandria Police Chief Mike Brown described as "a combat situation". He rented out a storage unit where he kept more than 200 rounds of ammunition, among other belongings.

The investigation into the attack is still active as police continue to analyze evidence from the scene, authorities said. Sometime between that day and April 26, he visited Sanders' office on Capitol Hill. The F.B.I.'s statement provided the most complete picture to date of the troubled man's time in Virginia, where he moved in the weeks before the shooting.

The bureau confirmed Hodgkinson was carrying a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress at the time of the shooting, but "no context was included on this paper".

Slater said it did not appear that Hodgkinson had a target in mind when he opened fire at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria last week.

Hodgkinson was shot dead by police during the attack.

Hodgkinson also took part in a tax-themed protest in D.C. on April 15, Slater said. Bernie Sanders and was "in communication" with offices of his IL senators.

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Slater said Hodgkinson did not have a history of mental illness, but was known to have an anger management problem.

Scalise, 51, of Louisiana, the third-ranking House Republican, was among four people shot June 14 by a gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died after a shootout with police. They said he acted alone and had no connections to terror groups.

Zach Barth, a staffer for Williams, was shot in the leg. All five people who were shot survived their injuries.

Officer David Bailey, on crutches from a bullet wound, threw out the first pitch of the Congressional Baseball Game last Thursday.

In Belleville, Hodgkinson also had a record of arrests on various criminal charges dating back to 1988, according to St. Clair County, Ill., Circuit Court documents.

Some users of the YMCA noticed him but later said they were never suspicious of him, while others described him as odd or a "sourpuss".

Rep. Steve Scalise released from intensive care unit