Weapons used in Republican baseball shooting appear legally bought

The man who opened fire at a baseball practice among Congress members had a list in his pocket that included Republican members of Congress. Investigators have not determined the goal of the list and they are still trying to determine its meaning.

The gunman, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Bellevile, Illinois, was killed in a firefight with police on Thursday after shooting at a party preparing for a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. High-ranking Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding that he also had visited a wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital.

At an emotional press conference outside the couple's home in Belleville, Illinois, Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words to describe events running up to the shooting and said her husband, known also as Tom, had told her he had gone to the nation's capital to "work on taxes". As he was leaving the baseball field, Duncan said Hodgkinson asked him if the practice was Democratic or Republican congressmen.

"I was under the impression he was going down there to protest", said his niece, Michelle Travous.

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her have resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads". "There's nothing I could do about it". "We had policemen and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation in here asking questions, but we just don't know him". "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", Hodgkinson wrote in a March 22 post. It shows law enforcement officers moving around and firing at Hodgkinson in the distance.

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The news that the shooter had a list of names suggests the shooting was not a random outburst, but instead appears to be a premeditated political assassination.

Officials were aware Hodgkinson was living out of a white cargo van in Alexandria for months and was seen showering and working on a computer at a nearby YMCA.

"His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the hospital said.

A trace of the firearms determined they were legally purchased by Hodgkinson. A single shot left Scalise, 51, with a shattered bone in his left hip and internal injuries that caused severe bleeding. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner reflected on those interactions and said, "He never tipped us off or gave any indication that he was violent in any way".

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