Alexandria Shooter Bought Guns Legally; Investigation Into Motive Continues

The FBI says the man who shot a U.S. congressman and three other people during the Republican congressional baseball team's practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday appears to have bought his guns legally.

James T. Hodgkinson was found to have had a handgun and 7.62-caliber rifle that both were purchased by licensed sellers, the FBI said in an update Thursday.

"We have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful," the statement said.

The investigation into why Hodgkinson opened fire is ongoing. He lashed out against President Donald Trump on his own Facebook account and, according to many accounts, expressed anger against Republicans.

He frequented the YMCA location right next to the baseball diamond in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and even went there the morning of the shooting.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. said in a statement that Hodgkinson arrived at the facility at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday. The previous day, he had cancelled his membership, "saying he was moving."

On Wednesday, he sat in the lobby using a laptop and then left. At 7:10 a.m., a staff member heard gunshots and called 911.

House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was shot in the hip. Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tysons Foods, was shot twice in the chest. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle. Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was shot in the calf.

Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), who dove into a dugout for cover, suffered a sprained ankle. Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey suffered a minor injury and was treated and released.

Both local and Capitol Police shot at Hodgkinson. He died at a local hospital.

Investigators continued to search every inch of the ball park for evidence on Thursday. 

The YMCA, playground, dog park, ball fields and walking trails will remain closed through the weekend, the city announced Friday. YMCA members will be allowed to use city recreation facilities through Sunday. 

In the white cargo van where Hodgkinson lived in the area for weeks, investigators found a computer, camera and cell phone that they will analyze.

The YMCA says they never received any complaints about him, and no staff member "recalls observing inappropriate or unusual behavior by him," the statement said.

YMCA regular Kris Balderston said he saw Hodgkinson at the gym most mornings. He used exercise bikes to sit and watch political news shows, not work out.

"He was going back and forth between the three news shows -- Fox, MSNBC and CNN," Balderston said. "He was clearly barking at the Republican side of the aisle."

Last Sunday, Hodgkinson gruffly asked Balderston to make way for him to use a bike.

"It wasn't the Del Ray way. It wasn't 'Hey, do you mind if I used the bike?' It was like, 'Hey, you're in my way. I need to use this bike,'" Balderston said.

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