tv FBI Holds News Conference on Scalise Shooting CSPAN June 14, 2017 10:22pm-10:41pm EDT
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a gunman opened fire and shot five people, including steve scalise. he remains in critical condition. this afternoon, the fbi and local police gave an update on the investigation of the shooting. it is 15 minutes. >> good afternoon. hello again. my name is timothy slater, the special agent in charge of the fbi's washington field office. i am here to provide an investigative update on the shooting that occurred this morning. i would like to thank the alexandria police department, u.s. capitol police, and medical response teams, who responded to the scene this morning for their quick and decisive action, actually saving lives. i remind you, this is an active investigation and details continue to unfold.
i stress this earlier and i will underscore it now. the fbi is not going to talk about the character or nature in which we are investigating this case, other than to say, we continue to work, this is an active investigation and an ongoing matter. there's been some confusion about the injuries involved. out earlierts sent today, this afternoon actually, identify the number of victims and their injuries. let me review that quickly for you. five individuals were shot. united states a capitol police officer, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist, and the subject. an additional two individuals, a congressman and a capitol police officer, attained secondary
injuries at the scene and were transported to local hospitals and treated. as for the subject, and this is the only time i will be referring to him by his name. this afternoon we released a statement, noting that the subject's name was james hodgkinson, 66 years of age, of belleville, illinois. he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and the d.c. medical examiner has issued the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. the fbi has issued a seeking information poster, identifying the shooter and it can be found at www.fbi.gov. the subject is diseased,
we continue to actively investigate the shooter's motives, acquaintances, and whereabouts that led to today's incident. we will continue to have presence as the process the scene in alexandria and fbi agents are searching the shooter's home, his residence in belleville, illinois. the subject's vehicle was located on scene and has been slowed by alexandria p.d. and the atf, and we will be processing with our fbi evidence recovery team as well. obviously, we are looking to glean what we can from the contents regarding his electrical devices that he owned. law enforcement has reason to believe that the shooter has been in alexandria, virginia area since march of this year. the fbi has issued again, a seeking information poster
located at our website, asking the public to come forward with information on the shooter. to the local alexandria community, we believe the shooter has been living out of his vehicle in the vicinity of east monroe street. therefore, asking you to report any interactions you may have had with him. likewise, the subject traveled from his residence in illinois, and we are asking and speaking with individuals who know him personally, or who may have encountered him on his travels. if you have information, please call the fbi's 24 hour tip line and selectllfbi option one. the 24 hour tip line is
1-800-callfbi. all tips will remain confidential. no amount of information is too small to report. law enforcement will remain on scene until processing of the scene has been completed. we ask the local community for your patience and cooperation. further updates will be shared via written statements, unless law enforcement advises otherwise. i will open it up for a few questions in just a second, but i want to turn it over to the chief from alexandria p.d. for a couple questions. >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen. it is ikmike brown from the alexandria police department. i wanted to give a status as to what we are doing in this community to reassure the community in terms of the safety and security of our residents. right now we are canvassing the
immediate area, doing door-to-door with our colleagues from the sheriff's department and the fire department, so we can reassure people in the community that we believe this incident today is over. although the investigation will continue in this area for a while. we are also working with some of our other departments in the city. for the example, the department of community and health services to make the services available to our community over the next couple days. we care very much about our residents and the people that come to visit us in this city, and we are doing everything we can to reassure them this is a safe community and we care deeply about it. that said, you will see a lot of law enforcement and fire personnel, working this area, trying to reassure them of such. we will continue to work with the fbi as the move forward on their investigation. thank you very much.
>> i have no comment on that. >> you know who shot local law enforcement response so i do not know at this time. reporter: were both the capitol police and alexandria responded and shot him? mr. slater: i'm not going to comment on exactly who it was. it was multiple. reporter: can you give us an idea of what you're trying to run down on the weapon? mr. slater: the only comment i'll make about weapons is one handgun and one rifle. reporter: what you have learned about this? mr. slater: where they came from, who bought them, how he acquired them. all the logical investigative leads. reporter: county officers interacted with him in march in illinois. was it shortly after that that he came here? because you said he's been here since march. mr. slater: we believe he's been here since march. so i'm not going to comment on the specifics of that. reporter: \[inaudible]
mr. slater: i'm not exactly sure on that. don't have a comment on that. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: no. that's what we're really asking the public to help us with. because we're just not sure at this time. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: i'm not going to comment on that. the part of an active investigation. investigation. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: not going to comment on that either. so really, we're exploring all angles and we're not going to be limited by -- we'll let the facts take us where it goes. reporter: witnesses say he was handcuffed. was he still speaking and conscious when he was taken away? mr. slater: i can't comment on that, i'm not sure. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: that i'm not aware of, no, ma'am. reporter: do we know if he was working in the area? mr. slater: it appears he was not working. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: i'm not going to
comment on the victims, what i have about the victims is what i've already provided. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: do we know? i believe -- yeah. not sure about that. i'll get back with you on that. reporter: \[inaudible] illinois plates. mr. slater: the only comment i'll make is a white cargo van. reporter: can the capitol police talk to us about their officers and particularly those who were injured and returned fire? mr. rogers: we did put a statement out today and the chief wants to commend special agent krystal griner, david bailey for their heroic and appropriate response to protecting members today. he's grateful for special agent griner who is in good condition at the hospital, having been shot in the ankle.
and special agent baileys was treated and released, having sustained a minor injury during the incident. united states capitol police is dedicated to the mission of protecting the united states capitol, members of congress and staff and the visiting public. and today we saw how our officers' extensive training was put into action. we also would like to thank our partner agencies, the f.b.i., a.t.f., u.s. park police, virginia state police, and especially the alexandria police for their work in helping us to respond and mitigate this incident. we continue to provide a robust and visible presence at the capitol complex and to monitor national and world events to provide a level of security that's appropriate for the u.s. congress. reporter: can you describe officer griner's response after being shot and continuing to work to get the suspect? mr. rogers: that's part of the ongoing investigation and i won't comment on it. reporter: -- \[inaudible] -- the agents who were with congressman scalise, give us a sense -- is that a protective detail? what's their mission? are they always with him?
mr. rogers: their particular assignment today was to protect the congressman. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. rogers: today we had capitol police officers assigned to monitor the event. reporter: there's video and audio recordings of the gun fire and the gun battle. it would appear to have been ferocious. by a lehman's count, dozens and dozens of shots fired and people screaming, get down. can you describe what was -- what your officers and what the capitol officers were facing when they came in? mr. brown: i won't go into the specifics of the investigation but i've heard the video and i've talked to some of my officers at least. or some of them. it was not only chaotic but there was -- it was a combat situation. that's something that law enforcement is trained to do. our officers are trained to do. i'm very proud of the officers at a.p.d. and the officers from the capitol police who stood their ground and did their job. more will come out of this when
the facts are known and the investigation's complete. but i couldn't be more proud of the alexandria police officers. reporter: they were up against somebody with a semiautomatic weapon and they were returning with handguns. mr. brown: they did engage in a fire fight. i won't get into the details of that because that's also part of the investigation. we, like every other agency, rely on doing a shooting investigation. any time we have a discharge of weapons. and we are doing that right now. to get ahead of that would not be fair for the officers or the agency. our officers are doing fine. they were taken -- i'm very concerned about them, i'm personally concerned about them. they did great job today and i'm very proud of them. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. brown: we received a call of shots fired as i mentioned this morning, at 7:09 in the morning. within three minutes we had all three units here.
some of the units were here earlier. and they were engaged upon their arrival. i won't go into greater detail than that because of the investigation. reporter: did your officers have any encounters with mr. hodgkinson in the months that he's been here until today? mr. brown: i can't speak to that right now because that's part of the investigation. i don't want to get ahead of the investigation. the f.b.i. has the lead. we're working with the f.b.i.. at some point in time we'll give that you information when it's available. ok, thank you. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: i'm not sure of that. we'll have to get back to you on one. reporter: any indication he discussed this with anyone else? was anyone else involved in this in any way? mr. slater: that's part of the investigation, i'm not going to comment on that. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: we have nobody else in custody. reporter: on the gun, sir -- \[inaudible] mr. slater: i'm not going to comment about the gun. other than one handgun and one
rifle. potentially. reporter: did he have the handgun on him or was it in the car? mr. slater: i'm not going to comment on the gun. reporter: \[inaudible] -- talk differently about president trump -- \[inaudible] -- mr. slater: no. i just ask that you let us run the investigation and we'll let the facts lie where they may. reporter: what can we expect out of the investigation? we know that you all concluded that he was the shooter. what else can the f.b.i. -- what else will the final report provide you? what do you hope to answer? mr. slater: we hope to answer motive and why he was here and why did he what he did.
reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: i have no information about that. capitol police -- no, no information on that at the moment. i have no comment on it. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: what do you mean? reporter: why did he choose today? mr. slater: i have no indication of why today at all. no, sir. reporter: \[inaudible] mr. slater: i can't speak to the security at the national park, sir. reporter: might this be a question of opportunity? he was living basically on the streets. the politicians came to him. might it simply be that this was an opportunity where previously he can pressed anger on social media lashed out? mr. slater: we'll figure that out as the investigation unfolds. >> just one more question. reporter: do you have any indication -- \[inaudible] mr. slater: we have no indication that he knew this was going on. no, sir. reporter: you're not actively
seeking any other suspects? mr. slater: no. we're asking for the community's help. and we'll run it out where it leads, where it goes. reporter: as of now you're not asking the community, hey, be on the lookout for anybody else, you're not searching for anybody else? mr. slater: not at the moment but we don't know where this will lead. fair enough? thank you. thank you.
we are relying on paper statements moving forward. should we re-decide we have anything to deliver to the media, we will let you know. >> the house canceled today's vote and held a shortened session. open with remarks from speaker paul ryan and nancy pelosi. her first from pat conroy. chaplain conroy: almighty god, on a day where violence has come to this assembly, we ask your blessing on our brother, representative steve scalise,, the two officers and the staffer who have been shot. bless the hands of those who tend to their injuries. we as americans are blessed by a free and open society with rights secured by law and the constitution. but