Gunman who shot top GOP congressman had history of arrests

Scalise's office said Wednesday that he was in good spirits after undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Three other individuals, including a Capitol Police officer, were wounded in the attack. Across the country, the 66-year-old man is now known as the suspect of a shooting that injured five people in Alexandria, Virginia, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they played baseball raged against US President Donald Trump on social media and idolised Bernie Sanders, whom he saw as the only politician who understood the working class.

One of Hodgkinson's last posts read, "Trump is a traitor".

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, told The New York Times.

Schaumleffel recalled how she and her husband notified the police when the man refused to stop shooting his weapon in the middle on the afternoon. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone. "I think the best way to confront evil is to continue to do good".

"Let me be as clear as I can be - violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

They letters chastise tax policies enacted during Republican-led administrations including George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and pre-Depression leaders Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover.

The shooting took place just after 7am (7pm Malaysian time) as the Republican team practised for the well-loved charity showdown.

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Also on the baseball field at the time was IL U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who was not hurt.

"Those kinds of threats are not going to stop me from doing what our job is, which is to represent the people in south Louisiana and to help address numerous problems that are in government right now that need to be fixed", Graves said.

He died from injuries following a shootout with Capitol Hill police at the scene in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

"Congressman Duncan said that it was Republicans and then he immediately turned around and went towards the field". "My colleagues were targeted today by someone that wanted to kill them".

Hodgkinson was also "observed throwing" an unnamed minor "around the bedroom", the police report said.

Bost said they've gotten many more disturbing messages from people over the years and routinely flag them to law enforcement. He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said that Scalise had what appeared to be "a hip wound".

The bird's eye view of the baseball field shows that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, entered the field near the third base line as the Republican Congressional members were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, tweeted that one of his staff members, legislative correspondent Zack Barth, was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

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