Hodgkinson was mortally wounded by police.
In the wake of this tragedy, all we can do is pray for the continued healing of Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise and give thanks that the lives of Congressmen Brooks and Palmer and so many others were spared Wednesday morning. Duncan said he told him it was a Republican ball practice, and Hodgkinson started to shoot them.
The person says investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and it's not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his auto in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday.
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Australia's Tim Cahill, foreground and Trent Sainsbury, left take part in a training session at the Fisht stadium in Sochi, Russia , on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Hodgkinson, who was killed by police during the rampage, contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, spokesmen said Friday. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona. In his pocket, he had a list of Republicans that he wanted to assassinate.
James Hodgkinson was an ardent Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporter, and in a speech on the floor, a visibly shaken Senator Sanders declared "violence of any kind is unacceptable". In March, Hodgkinson wrote about his support for a petition to investigate Donald Trump for treason. He had been a vocal opponent of the Republican Party. Members of the group praised Hodgkinson online after learning about the political assassination attempt. In the past, neighbors had complained about him shooting guns near their home. His social media activity showed a disdain for GOP officials. He has required surgery several times since the shooting. The congressman remains in critical condition at the hospital's trauma center. When asked who would win the Congressional baseball game, Congressman Brad Sherman, who is a Democrat from California, answered "America".
Because of Scalise, Trump said, "and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".