Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

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


Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout. He was tended to on the field by fellow lawmakers before being taken to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

The hospital says the Louisiana congressman "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding", a hospital statement said.

A Capitol Police officer who risked his life responding to Wednesday's attack on a Republican baseball practice threw the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday.

Bailey is a Capitol Police special agent who is part of the congressional security detail.

Sources close to the senior Republican said he remained in a critical condition.

The alleged shooter expressed fervent opposition to the Republican Party and called for higher taxes on the rich, in statements on social media and letters to a local newspaper. "He's a patriot and he's a fighter. I thought he was dead", Davis said.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago.

The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL home.

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Event organizers told Fox News that number is expected to reach more than $1 million this year.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

Hodgkinson went to Washington several weeks ago to protest against Trump's election, his brother told the New York Times.

"I've never seen the man violent since I've known him", Page said. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries.

The driver was arrested for failure to obey an order and assault with a risky weapon.

"Law enforcement has reason to believe that the shooter has been in Alexandria, Va. area since March of this year". Authorities are investigating the incident but have not identified a motive.

Sanders decried Hodgkinson's violent actions, saying he was "sickened" by the shooting.

US President Donald Trump is pictured with US Congressman and Majority Whip Steve Scalise in March.

He is an avid baseball fan and has played on the congressional baseball team since he entered Congress in 2008.

This 2006 photo provided by the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Department shows James T. Hodgkinson. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and did so only on condition of anonymity.

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