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Scalise shooter James Hodgkinson’s guns recovered as FBI investigates

The FBI recovered two weapons used by James T. Hodgkinson, the Illinois man who opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, wounding five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

The shooter weapons found at the scene, a 9 mm pistol and a 7.62 caliber rifle, were both purchased legally and there was no evidence to suggest otherwise, the police and the FBI, researchers said. Hodgkinson a valid Firearms Owner ID.

Investigators believe Hodgkinson, 66, has no outside help, and acted on his own, a law enforcement official told Fox News. He was killed in a shootout with Capitol Police officers who is the monitor of Scalise at the Eugene Simpson Stadium.

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The officials were aware Hodgkinson was the life out of a white cargo van in Alexandria months and was seen showering and working on a computer in a nearby YMCA. Researchers were looking for the reason why Hodgkinson came to the Washington, D. C. in the first place, and how much intent was involved. The FBI said that the process of a computer, camera and phone were found in the bus.

“While the FBI and our federal, state and local partners to investigate and process the scene and the evidence, we also continue to encourage the public to come forward with any information about the shooter,” the FBI said.

Hodgkinson told the YMCA on Tuesday that he wanted to do of his membership, because he is moving, the YMCA said in a statement. He had access to the facility until Wednesday and came less than two hours before the recording.

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James T. Hodgkinson, 66, Of Belleville, Illinois. is the identified shooter who opened fire Wednesday, 14 June 2017, in Virginia.

No staff noticed a “inappropriate or unusual behavior” and nobody complained about him, the YMCA added.

Hodgkinson seemed to have maintained two Facebook pages were filled with posts critical of President Donald Trump and prices of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.

A number of anti-Trump Facebook posts, broken Wednesday by the social media giant, are published on the page that is shown to be Hodgkinson’s just two days before the shooting. One said: “Trump is Guilty And Should go to Jail on a charge of high Treason.” Another said: “Make America Great Again, Resign!”

Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson apparently was among the many volunteers who on his 2016 presidential campaign.

“I’m sick of this despicable act,” Sanders said in a statement. “Let me put it as clear as I can. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through non-violent action, and everything else runs against our most deep-seated American values.”

Hodgkinson apparently sent politically charged letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat, which published a few of them. A letter that Hodgkinson wrote in 2011 said: “It is time for the Republican congressmen to grow. Maybe if they were not so full of hatred, they can see what they are doing to this country and sell it to the Chinese just so they can have more of the in the millions.”

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Hodgkinson, the brother of Michael, told The New York Times his brother was not satisfied with the current political climate.

“I know, he was not happy with the state of affairs, the results of the elections and that sort of thing.”

Court records showed that Hodgkinson legal problems began in the 1990s, with arrests for resisting police and drink driving.

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Identified shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was charged in 2006 for the attack. The charges were dropped

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In 2006, he was arrested on a battery charge after allegedly punching a woman in the face, then striking her boyfriend in the head with the wooden stock of a 12-gauge shotgun for firing a round at the man, according to a sheriff’s department report.

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, according to the report, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut the belt. The charges were dismissed later that year, according to the clerk of the court.

Hodgskinson the latest police action on 24 March, when the neighbors had called the St. Clair County Sheriff with complaints of gunfire. They said they heard about 50 shots in the woods in the near Hodgkinson’s house. A deputy discovered Hodgkinson and told him not to shoot with his gun more. No charges were filed.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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