Shooter James Hodgkinson went to GOP baseball practice with list of names
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 17:24
The list on James Hodgkinson's notepad had the names of three GOP congressmen who are all members of the House Freedom Caucus - Reps.
"We now have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful", the FBI's Washington, D.C., field office and other federal, state and local law enforcement partners said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
"Just because I'm passionate, just because a Republican is passionate about the things they believe in, that's not license for somebody to go take a gun and shoot one of us", Murphy said.
Franks was not on the team, adding uncertainty about the significance of the list of names.
What occurred on that playing field just outside Washington, where a gunman seemingly nursing a political grudge unleashed an apparently premeditated attack on Republican lawmakers, amounts to an assault on democracy. The Democrats, who won the game, said they wanted the trophy from the baseball game to be displayed in wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's office until the congressman returned from the hospital.
Doctors said Friday that Scalise had a second surgery on Thursday and although he remains in critical condition, his condition has improved. The bullet fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Thursday. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection. His social media pages were filled with angry rants about those taxes, Republicans, and specifically President Donald Trump, whom he called "a traitor".
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause.
The wife of James Hodgkinson said her husband told her he was going to Washington, D.C.to "work on taxes" and "change the tax brackets".
The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition, went on as planned Thursday.
On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.