Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

The Daily Caller first reported that Hodgkinson had a note listing members of Congress on his person. Scott DesJarlais, Trent Franks, Mo Brooks, Morgan Griffith, Jim Jordan and Jeff Duncan, among others - were intended targets of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson's rampage at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.

The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter's pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation.

Dauberman said Hodgkinson stopped by to have his tires checked the day before Republicans lawmakers were attacked at a nearby baseball field while practicing for a charity baseball game, according to the newspaper.

Scalise was among five people wounded in the attack, including two U.S. Capitol police officers who are being hailed as heroes.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted a comment Friday.

The Daily Caller's report did not identify the source of its information.

News that the gunman had a list of names on him at the time of the shooting suggests that it wasn't a random incident but instead was a premeditated attempt to kill the politicians.

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Hodgkinson, was shot by police and later died of his wounds.

Duncan said Hodgkinson asked him in the parking lot moments before the shooting if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list.

This new evidence combined with Hodgkinson's social media rhetoric against Republicans and conservatives will all be taken into account as the investigation progresses forward. The Louisiana Republican underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.

Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika remained in critical condition Friday.

Scalise's doctor, Jack Sava, said Scalise will need further operations but he is expected to be able to walk and run again.

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