Guns Recovered From Congressional Shooter Appear Legally Purchased, FBI Says

The gunman who wounded five people at the congressional baseball practice on Wednesday only opened fire after learning that the men on the field were Republicans.

James T. Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field, officials said. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries. In a national address, Trump appealed for unity following the morning assault in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip". Scalise remains in critical condition, though doctors said Friday his vital signs have stabilized.

He also noted in one July 29, 2012 letter that MSNBC's "The Rachael Maddow Show" is "one of my favorite TV shows". He was texting - he was texting letting people know we were under fire and that we needed help. However, the Facebook page that was believed to be that of Hodgkinson contains anti-Trump messages.

Jack McClenahan, a retired Belleville business owner, said he had several unpleasant run-ins with Hodgkinson over the years while Hodgkinson protested a favored Democratic political cause outside the local post office. "She had no idea he felt as strong as he did", Wagner said.

Suspected gunman James Hodgkinson was a former volunteer for the Sanders presidential campaign, the newspaper noted.

"[James] was home all day long and he just wanted a break", she said, adding that she did not know if he had taken any weapons with him as he left. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

Spicer says the president was also briefed by Scalise's medical team and spoke with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle during the attack on a Republican Congressional baseball practice. His lawyer, Lyndon Evanko, told ABC News that Hodgkinson and his wife were caretakers to at least two girls who died in tragic circumstances.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. After an all-members briefing where Democrats and Republicans held hands and prayed, House Speaker Paul Ryan and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi addressed the somber chamber and proclaimed lawmakers were "united". The FBI said it is an active investigation that continues to unfold.

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