WASHINGTON, June 16, 2017 — The gunman who seriously wounded Rep. Steve Scalise and three other people, was discovered to have a list of Republican representatives, according to FBI officials.
James Hodgkinson died from his wounds. Scalise remains in critical condition on Friday. Investigators have not figured out what the list means, but have briefed lawmakers. The list included Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.
Prior to the shooting Rep. Duncan spoke to Hodgkinson and was asked if the team on the field was Republican or Democrat. He responded saying that it was the Republican team practicing.
There remains no evidence that Hodgkinson planned the attack. He canceled his YMCA membership a day before the shooting; and had talked to a local garage about getting his van ready for the trip.
Investigators say they’ve checked Hodgkinson’s laptop, cell phone, and a camera found in his van but have found no manifesto, no intent to commit violence, and nothing to indicate he was scouting potential targets.
President Donald Trump called Griner and another officer who responded to the shooting, officer David Bailey, heroes.
“Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault,” Trump said.
Officer Bailey appeared in crutches at the congressional charity baseball game to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Investigators have recovered a rifle and handgun after Hodgkinson was shot dead.