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Congressman, others wounded in shooting in Va.

20 June, 2017, 11:43 | Author: Nadine Todd
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The shooter fired repeatedly with a rifle at the baseball field in Alexandria before being wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, lawmakers said.

Scalise was shot in the hip and several others were wounded when Hodgkinson sprayed dozens of bullets onto a baseball field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. Five people, including Steve Scalise, one of the top Republicans on Capitol Hill, were injured.

The Daily Caller first reported that James T. Hodgkinson had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The discovery suggests that the shooting was a premeditated political attack, The Daily Caller reported. It happened while Republican congressmen were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Hodgkinson was a Democrat and supporter of the presidential campaign of Sen. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.

The ATF also released pictures of the two types of guns that 66-year-old James Hodgkinson used in the attack shooting Representative Steve Scalise and three others.

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment.

"He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District.

"If he would have gave us some kind of indication that he was mental, that he was out there target practicing for some other reason, we would have looked further", says Sheriff Rick Watson with the Sheriff's Office of St. Clair County, Illinois.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said.

Hodgkinson, who was killed by police during the rampage, contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, spokesmen said Friday.

Special Agent Crystal Griner is still hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her ankle, away from her Gwynn Oak home in Baltimore County.

Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika remained in critical condition Friday.


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