Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

Violet Tucker
June 16, 2017

In the hours after the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, a picture began to emerge of an attacker with a mostly minor arrest record who worked as a home inspector and despised the Republican Party.

Harlan Hill, a political consultant based in NY who supports Trump, said people should not blame Sanders personally, but he said the senator's description of the president as "dangerous" illustrated the "apocalyptic terms" and "melodrama" that have created a combustible political atmosphere.

That's when Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home.

"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", a statement said.

Four others were also injured in the shooting, including two Capitol Police officers - Griner and David Bailey - staffer Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the visit was "emotional".

Rep. Steve King of Iowa said over Twitter, "The center of America is disappearing, and the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left". "Pray for Steve!" Trump tweeted.

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., left and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, managers of the congressional baseball teams, shake hands during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where they talked abo.

Not mentioned: That, on March 22, Hodgkinson posted to a Change.org petition that "Trump is a Traitor". Over social media he had lashed out at Trump and the GOP.

"Those kinds of threats are not going to stop me from doing what our job is, which is to represent the people in south Louisiana and to help address numerous problems that are in government right now that need to be fixed", Graves said.

Hodgkinson also used his letters to praise the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Boston protest and expressed his disappointment about Massachusetts' own John Kerry losing the 2004 presidential election. "I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said.

"Let me be as clear as I can be".

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"I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

"You know, it shouldn't take an incident like this to bring us together", Doyle said.

Domestic violence is so frequently treated lightly by law enforcement and courts, advocacy groups around the country engage in "court watch" programs that monitor judicial processing of the cases.

Members said that the hardest part of Thursday was that many were still replaying events in their minds.

Scalise was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at the plate at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base. That was the last we heard of him.

Capitol Police officers in Scalise's security detail returned fire, and Hodgkinson later died from his wounds.

Lawmaker Jeff Duncan said he was leaving the practice when he was approached by a man he later learned was the shooter, who asked if the team was Republican or Democrat before heading toward the field.

"I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

Barton had arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform. Here's what we know so far about those who were injured in the attack.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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