Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Kelly Massey
June 17, 2017

"His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the hospital said.

And all I'm asking-before you paint all Sanders supporters as extremist lunatics, which is a reasonable conclusion to draw after yesterday's shooting-is that you consider theidea that perhaps the two things aren't related in any meaningful way. Her husband was at home all day with them, she said, and she thought he might have wanted a break.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said.

Across the Potomac River in Washington, the shocking events left the Capitol horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics. I think that they'll come together for his family. 'If you vote this way, we'll remember you.' Well, that means that, if you're a political activist, that means you're going to work harder against me next time.

Republican Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania rose on the House floor to issue a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect", a comment seemingly aimed at an anti-Trump "Resist" movement.

Hodgkinson did openly support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, using Sanders as his Facebook cover photo, and volunteering for his presidential campaign.

Sanders said, "I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

Instead, he is accused of opening fire on the baseball practice, injuring five people, including the House Republican whip.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008. A congressional aide, a lobbyist, and one of the police officers were also wounded.

Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, had surgery and is in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said.

Indeed, Euille learned, Hodgkinson had stopped by the Y briefly in the morning before heading across the street to the ball field where Republicans were practicing for Thursday night's annual showdown with Democrats, toting a high-powered rifle.

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Instead, he opened fire shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., just outside Washington and showered bullets on members of Congress, their staff members and the police. They've also found a cell phone, a computer and camera in a white van that the Federal Bureau of Investigation says he was living in in Alexandria since March.

His Facebook posts attacked the president, including one stating, "Trump is guilty and should go to prison for treason".

"This man was just so passionate and hateful toward (President Donald) Trump", said Crist Dauberman, recounting Hodgkinson's profanity-laden tirade.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Scalise was shot in the left hip, suffering broken bones, injuries to internal organs and severe bleeding. Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

"I didn't like him from the beginning", she said. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who manages the Democrats' baseball team, told ABC News he hopes the tragedy will prompt some needed introspection.

"We also need law enforcement response that believes survivors, that responds to the calls for help", McLaughlin said.

The Daily Caller said it had confirmed three of the names: Brooks, South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan and Arizona Congressman Trent Franks. The man thanked him.

The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was killed by congressional security at the scene. Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and grievously injured while meeting with constituents at a supermarket parking lot in 2011.

SHAPIRO: This shooting has brought national attention to the town of Belleville.

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