A Day After Alexandria Shooting, More Questions, Few Answers

Majority Whip Steve Scalise is facing a third surgery today, one day after police say IL gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire during a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Franks told Fox News "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that he has been notified that he is involved in the investigation.

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

"They saved the lives of our Members of Congress and prevented that dark day from becoming a tragedy beyond imagination".

Back in IL at least one friend of Hodgkinson - who didn't give his full name - defended him, saying, "I just want to let people know he wasn't evil, that he was exhausted of some of the politics going on".

As he lay in critical condition at a local hospital Thursday, some Republicans on the far right suggested that vitriolic rhetoric on the left could be to blame for the attack that put him there.

The gunman opened fire around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, striking five people, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise.

The FBI also recovered a cell phone, a computer and a camera in the shooter's van and is processing the items, according to a statement the agency issued on Thursday.

Hodgkinson also had arrests in his background for a series of minor offenses and at least one more serious matter. Sanders, whose presidential campaign Hodgkinson volunteered for, also delivered a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate, saying he was "sickened by this despicable act" and adding that "real change can only come about through nonviolent action".

A Facebook page under the name James T. Hodkinson of the same hometown features a myriad of anti-Donald Trump posts, as well as support for former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. "He was always happy-go-lucky", said Dale Walsh, who grew up with Hodgkinson in Belleville. "I'm glad they took care that he didn't get to do it again", Schaumleffel said.

And now what we know about the man who fired on the baseball practice yesterday.

She said she had not seen her husband since March.

"We understand he is lucky to be alive", the family said, crediting Mika's survival to his "fighting spirit" and the heroism of Capitol Police agents who took down the shooter. The shooter's wife told the press she thought her husband went to Washington, D.C., to work on tax policy.

"This is a powder keg right now, so everyone in authority has to be very careful with the words the say", said Nina Turner, a former Democratic state senator from OH and a high-profile Sanders supporter.

  • Larry Hoffman