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Suspected congressional gunman was living out of his vehicle: FBI

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 01:34

FBI Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater said the suspected gunman had been in the Alexandria area since March and was living out of his vehicle. Rough Cut (no reporter narration0.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) FBI Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater said the suspect, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, had been in the Alexandria area since March and was living out of his vehicle. Hodgkinson, who had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media, opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game on Wednesday, wounding a senior U.S. House member and three other people. The suspect fired repeatedly at the men playing on a baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, and the police confirmed he was dead. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was shot in the hip. He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Brad Wenstrup, a congressman who is a physician, before being transported to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Also wounded were one current congressional aide and one former aide who now works as a lobbyist, officials said. One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle, an official said. While police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine whether it was a deliberate political attack, the shooting intensified concerns about the sharp divide and bitter rhetoric in U.S. politics.

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Suspected congressional gunman was living out of his vehicle: FBI

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 01:34