Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

  • Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

The news that the shooter had a list of names suggests the shooting was not a random outburst, but instead appears to be a premeditated political assassination.

Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was gravely wounded in the shooting last week. In addition, the shooter encountered Duncan in the parking lot prior to the shooting and asked him if Republicans or Democrats were on the field.

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps. Duncan said he told him it was Republicans.

Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in the charity game on Thursday night at Washington's Nationals Park in front of thousands of spectators.

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

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", Trump said.

Law enforcement officials continued Friday to analyze Hodgkinson's social media activities and examine his Belleville, Ill., home.

Scalise, meanwhile, continued to improve, his doctors said.

Hodgkinson claimed Trump had screwed up the U.S.

Hodgkinson, who was shot by police and later died, apparently had been living out of his van in Alexandria since March.

A 66-year-old progressive who volunteered on Vermont Sen.

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

Scalise underwent immediate surgery and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.

Bailey was spotted Friday back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations, the hospital indicated.