Alleged shooter volunteered on Bernie Sanders campaign, Senator 'sickened' by shooting

"My prayers are with my good friend and DC roommate, Steve Scalise, as well as the Capitol Police officers, Members, staff and all those affected by today's shooting".

At the end of past year, this same James T. Hodgkinson left his job as a "Home Inspector, Mold/Air Quality Tester", according to the Facebook page.

That has now thoroughly been debunked on a bipartisan basis by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and even by fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Law enforcement officials looking at anti-President Trump postings on Hodgkinson's social media feeds to see if there's any connection. "Trump, the Climate Change Denier wants to Destroy the Planet", he claimed on May 31. It is time for Democrats like Reps. His Facebook page shows that he was a fan of Vermont Sen. He thanked Capitol Police officers who were responsible for taking down the shooter.

The incident happened March 24, according to sheriff's officials, just days before Hodgkinson presumably left IL for Virginia.

According to Facebook, Hodgkinson went to Belleville Township High School West and studied flight training at Southwestern Illinois College.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" he said.

"Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?" the gunman allegedly asked Duncan, according to CNN. (The conspiracy theorist, Trump-supporting radio host who promulgated the story eventually apologized and admitted it was fake.) And in early June, a man shouted anti-Muslim hate speech at two women on a train and stabbed three bystanders, killing two of them. ABC reports he was declared dead late Wednesday morning.

A Facebook spokesperson told TheWrap the company removed Hodgkinson's profiles for "violating community standards".

Rand Paul told MSNBC that Scalise's presence likely saved lives because his leadership role in Congress meant Capitol Police were on the scene.

Police say the shooter had been arrested several times in recent years for various charges including battery and drunk driving. Giffords was believed to be the target but survived; six others were killed an additional 12 were injured.

Scalise's office said in a statement that the congressman is in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital.

Four people were injured during a congressional batting practice just outside Washington DC, including Mr Scalise, the House of Representatives majority whip. The married father-of-two also chairs the House Republican Study Committee and is the No. 3 House Republican leader.

The legislative schedule in Congress has been cancelled for the day.

Congressman Mike Bishop of MI, who was at the baseball field, told a reporter, "The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover".

  • Leroy Wright