The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting. A government official says the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others has been identified Hodgkinson. Scalise remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, and although doctors say his condition has improved some over the last 36 hours, he will require further surgeries, time in the hospital and rehabilitation. Perhaps he also failed to recognize Congressman Brooks, but as Rep. Palmer said on Yellowhammer Radio yesterday, it's evident that God spared their lives.
The handwritten list reportedly included the names of Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, who were all at the baseball practice, according to NBC News and CNN.
Hodgkinson was killed by Capital Police.
Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list.
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Duncan has said he spoke with Hodgkinson just before the shooting.
Duncan told reporters the morning of the attack that he had encountered Hodgkinson who asked him if it was Republican or Democratic lawmakers on the field.
Franks was on the list but not on the baseball team. He told her he was going to Washington DC to "change the tax brackets" and "work on taxes", she said.
Hodgkinson appeared to be a volunteer with Bernie Sanders' failed presidential campaign, the Vermont senator said shortly after the incident in a statement. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".