That was just two days before he opened fire on Republican lawmakers with a modified assault rifle and a handgun at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field.
The shooter that injured five people, including a member of Congress, had a list in his pocket with the names of six members of Congress on it when he started firing at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said at a news conference Wednesday. Doctors said he had arrived at the hospital last Wednesday at imminent risk of death. The hospital released a statement Wednesday saying Scalise's condition had improved to fair and that he is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation". Both police officers are recovering and expected to return to full duty.
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, a Metairie Republican, was the only congressman injured in the shooting. Scalise suffered a gunshot wound to the hip.
Leaders of the FBI's Washington field office will discuss their investigative findings at a news conference Wednesday. They say they don't think the shooting was an act of terrorism.
Slater said that the shooting appeared to be "spontaneous", and that investigators had not yet determined Hodgkinson's motive.
President Donald Trump will make good on a campaign promise Friday when he signs a bill that gives leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire failed employees and protect those who uncover wrongdoing at the agency. Officials also are running a trace on two weapons, including a rifle and a handgun.
Before being fatally shot multiple times by police, Hodgkinson wounded Scalise, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a congressional aide.
Slater said Hodgkinson did not have a history of mental illness, but was known to have an anger management problem.
Hogkinson was an unemployed home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, who frequently railed against Republicans in letters to the editor and angry social media posts. He said nothing while injured in custody before dying, Slater said. Between April and June, Hodgkinson visited the storage unit 43 times, sometimes twice a day. He said Hodgkinson had never posted direct threats against members of Congress or the Congressional baseball game, but said that a witness told investigators Hodgkinson stayed at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park after being told it was the Republican team practicing.
Hodgkinson had a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress written on it, Slater said, but the note lacked any further context and there was no evidence from his computer, phone or other belongings that indicated he planned to target those officials. He traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. since March.
Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and was "in communication" with offices of his IL senators.
Two days before the shooting, a family member said Hodgkinson sent a message about coming back home to IL.
Adrift and struggling to cope with an array of personal problems, James Hodgkinson was running out of money and told a family member that he wanted to return to IL.