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FBI: Shooter Had Rifle, Handgun in Attack That Wounded Scalise, 3 Others

FBI: Shooter Had Rifle, Handgun in Attack That Wounded Scalise, 3 Others
Vehicles on the scene of the shooting in Alexandria, Va. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:02 PM

The Illinois man who died after a police shootout Wednesday had a rifle and a handgun when he fired on Republicans during their baseball practice in Virginia, injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others, authorities said.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., died at a Washington hospital from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, said Tim Slater, FBI special agent in charge in Alexandria.

He had been living in the Washington area since March, Slater said. Authorities said he drove to the region from Illinois – and the FBI special agent said that Hodgkinson's car, a white cargo van, was found at the scene and searched.

Slater would give no further details on Hodgkinson's weapons, though he said that authorities believe that he acted alone and that the investigation was continuing.

"While the subject is deceased, we continue to actively investigate the shooter's motives, acquaintances and whereabouts that led to today's incident," Slater said.

Gunfire was returned by members of Scalise's private security staff, as well as U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria authorities.

Scalise, 51, who has represented Louisiana in the House since 2008, was in critical but stable condition in a Washington hospital after surgery for a hip wound, hospital officials said.

One victim, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods Inc., Matt Mika, was also in critical condition after surgery for gunshot wounds – and one victim was a member of the U.S. Capitol Police.

In addition, Zack Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, the Republican team's coach, was shot in the leg.
 

Williams himself suffered a broken ankle in the attack – and another Capitol Police officer was injured but not shot.

They all were treated at a local hospital, authorities said.

Managers of the Republican and Democratic baseball teams said Wednesday that the charity game will be played Thursday at Nationals Park as scheduled.

Slater declined to comment on security procedures for the game.

Alexandria Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters that the first call on the shooting came at 7:09 a.m.

Three police units were at the scene within three minutes.

"It was not only chaotic, but it was a combat situation," Brown said. "That's something that our officers are trained to do.

"I'm very proud of the officers at APD and the officers from the Capitol Police, who stood their ground and did their job."

Brown said that local police and sheriff's deputies will continue canvassing the area to "reassure people in the community that we believe this incident today is over, although the investigation will continue in this area for a while."

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The Illinois man who died after a police shootout Wednesday had a rifle and a handgun when he fired on Republicans during their baseball practice in Virginia, injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others, authorities said.The shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, of...
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