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Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

Madeline Patrick | 22 June, 2017, 09:03

Duncan and Brooks were at the Alexandria, Virginia, field where GOP members of Congress were practicing for a congressional baseball game Wednesday, although Duncan left before the shooting began. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his vehicle in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday.

Reps. Scot DesJarlais (R-TN) (pronounced day-zharr-LAY), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

Left-wing terrorist James T. Hodgkinson had an assassination list of conservative House members in his pocket, according to an exclusive report in The Daily Caller.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.

His social media profile indicated Hodgkinson was a dedicated Bernie Sanders supporter who despised the Republican party and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Scalise, as the third-ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives, had a capitol police detail with him at the practice.

The offices of Brooks and Franks said they had no comment, and referred questions to Capitol Police.

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The list contained about a dozen names, a source said.

Duncan said he spoke to Hodgkinson before the shooting. The Louisiana republican remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Investigators said they have not found any evidence indicating Hodgkinson planned the attack.

Five people, including two who are now in critical condition, were shot after a gunman opened fire in what appeared to be a politically motivated attack against Republican members of Congress.

Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery", his trauma surgeon said Friday, even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

Scalise's doctor, Jack Sava, said Scalise will need further operations but he is expected to be able to walk and run again.

The gunman was believed to have harbored unfavorable views toward Republicans at large, including President Donald Trump.

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