Baseball shooter had list of 6 names
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 15:42
Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was transported to a Washington hospital and has been undergoing surgery. When the person said they were Republicans, Hodgkinson remained at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, just south of Washington.
Defenders of the production say they have a First Amendment right to express their anger at Trump that way. Democratic manager Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania said he and GOP coach Joe Barton of Texas were delivering the trophy - won by Democrats this year - to Scalise's office and hoped to get clearance to visit him in the hospital.
Investigators believe Hodgkinson had been living out of his van parked near the baseball field since late March after traveling to the area from his home in Belleville, Ill. He held membership in multiple social media groups strongly opposed to Republicans, such as "The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans", "Join the Resistance Worldwide", "Donald Trump is not my President", "Terminate the Republican Party", "Boycott the Republican Party", and "Expose Republican Fraud", among dozens of other groups.
For most of that window in April, Congress was not in session, and a Sanders spokesman said Wednesday that Hodgkinson did not meet with the senator.
Scalise, 51, of Louisiana, the third-ranking House Republican, was among four people shot June 14 by a gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died after a shootout with police.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) traced the two weapons recovered from the scene - a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle. Slater declined to say who the six members of Congress were, but previous reports have said the list included Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.
He was running low on money and his marriage wasn't going well, Slater said.
I'll ask for your response to a tweet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week, at the passing of his personally approved federal legislation rescinding a Stephen Harper law which allowed for removal of Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who planned, plotted or executed an act of terror.
Though they could conceivably have been mentioned in since-buried timeline coverage, I could locate no other now available AP report that mentions the existence of Hodgkinson's "list" or even of a collection of "names". He was able to attend the annual congressional baseball game on Thursday, albeit on crutches. His condition has been upgraded to fair, according to a release from his office.
Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March and drove to the Alexandria area, where he then lived in his auto at a YMCA across the street from the baseball field.