Trump Says GOP Baseball Shooter Has Died, Congressman Is Recovering After Surgery

Sen. Mark Warner               CBS News

66-year-old Hodgkinson had been staying in Virginia since earlier this year, but was a longtime resident of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson had a valid firearms owner identification card and authorities determined that no law was violated.

According to a police report, one victim in the 2006 battery case said Hodgkinson pointed a shotgun at his face.

Public records indicate that Hodgkinson, who has a home-inspection business, was a licensed home inspector from 1994 until 1997. President Trump later claimed Hodgkinson had died, but that has not been confirmed. Records from the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation show that Hodgkinson held an inspection license from February 2003 to November 2016.

Mark Longabaugh, who worked on Sanders' presidential campaign, said the senator struck the right tone in his comments after the shooting, avoiding finger-pointing and not arguing for any legislative action. Sanders said Hodgkinson apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign.

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone. "Let me be as clear as I can be".

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Trump said in a tweet that Scalise "was badly injured but will fully recover", adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him". André Carson (D-Ind.), one of two Muslim-American members of Congress, told ABC News he "regularly" receives death threats.

"Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sanders said.

Police have beefed up patrols in Alexandria, where the practice was taking place at a local baseball field.

"Here's a Republican that should lose his job, but they gave him a raise, " James T. Hodgkinson allegedly wrote in a 2015 post to his Facebook account, referring to the Louisiana congressman. The Republican team was preparing to play its annual charity game against Democratic congressmen at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

According to the New York Times, witnesses described the shooter as a man with white hair and a beard carrying a long gun.

The special agent in charge of the FBI's investigation said there was no immediate indication of the shooter's motive, and that it was too early to tell if Republicans were targeted.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is now conducting urgent traces on two firearms - a rifle and a handgun - from the scene.

Meanwhile, Scalise was wounded in the hip and had surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. "The whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement read. "The House Sergeant at Arms and Capitol Police continue to investigate and deploy necessary police presence to ensure the area surrounding the U.S. Capitol is safe and secure for Members, staff, and visitors".

"The vice president and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely", President Trump wrote in a statement.

All of the injured individuals have now been identified.

Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican from IL, was at the scene during the attack but was not injured.

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