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Hospital: Scalise upgraded to fair condition

26 June 2017, 01:27 | Latoya Patrick

Steve Scalise upgraded to fair condition after shooting

On Wednesday his condition was upgraded to fair a week after he was shot on a Virginia baseball field

Hogkinson was an unemployed home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, who frequently railed against Republicans in letters to the editor and angry social media posts.

Mr Scalise and other congressional Republicans were practising for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats when a gunman started shooting.

The updates on the investigation of the attack that wounded five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., came Wednesday with the FBI saying it still was not clear what motivated the unemployed home inspector from IL to travel to the Washington-area where he spent months living in his van in Alexandria, Virginia, before launching the shootings.

Agents also announced some of the names on the shooter's list that he carried with him, one of which was U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC.

Investigators don't know who Hodgkinson meant to target.

"I know that he was struggling in all kinds of different ways, but I do not know the specifics of why he intended, or his motive at the time", Slater said". He was more responsive and spoke with his loved ones, the hospital said.

Slater asserted that this was not a "hit list", and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not believe that Hodgkinson had any targets among, or had made any threats against, any of those six unidentified members of Congress. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona. He traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. since March. One Capitol Police officer - Special Agent Crystal Griner - also suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle.

Hodgkinson, who volunteered for Vermont Sen.

The FBI says Hodgkinson also rented a storage facility in the city, where he kept computers and over 200 rounds of ammunition.

After the shooting, investigators searched Hodgkinson's home in IL and a storage facility in Alexandria he began renting in April. Most visits were between 6 and 7am. Sometimes, he would visit twice a day, but never for more than an hour. Police shot and killed him at the scene. Investigators believe the attack was an isolated incident, and Griffith declined to comment on any additional security measures that might be in place for him or his family in light of the list. There has been no evidence found, officials said, suggesting the gun sales were illegal. When the person said they were Republicans, Hodgkinson remained at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, just south of Washington. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., belonged to several Facebook groups that were anti-Republican and wrote several letters to his hometown newspaper denouncing Republican policies.

He carried two weapons: a rifle and a handgun, according to Slater, who said the shooting appeared to be "more spontaneous" than planned.



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