Bizarre: FBI Calls Scalise Shooting ‘Spontaneous,’ Gunman ‘Had No Target In Mind,’ Motive Unclear

Totally baffling. This Associated Press write-up of yesterday’s FBI press conference makes clear that everyone involved agrees that deceased shooter James Hodgkinson detested Republicans with a fiery passion, yet investigators seem unwilling to call his attack premeditated or specifically targeted — nor will they comment on his motive at this point.  Why?  Am I missing something here?  This is what they’re telling us right now:

The gunman who shot a top House Republican and four other people on a Virginia baseball field didn’t have any concrete plans to inflict violence on the Republicans he loathed, FBI officials said Wednesday…They said he acted alone and had no connections to terror groups. But they said they had not yet clarified who, if anyone, he planned to target, or why, beyond his animus toward President Donald Trump and the Republicans he felt were ruining the country…“At this point in the investigation, it appears more spontaneous,” Slater said.  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 also took pictures of the baseball field where he would later fire more than 60 shots. “The FBI does not believe that these photographs represented surveillance of intended targets,” the FBI said in a statement.

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