Baseball gunman had list of GOP lawmakers


The wife of Virginia gunman James Hodgkinson who targeted a Republican party baseball practice match on Wednesday and critically injured GOP congressman Steve Scalise has spoken publicly for the first time about the shooting, telling reporters: "I can't believe he did this". Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona.

Mrs. Hodgkinson says she was at work when she first heard the news. Doctors upgraded his condition from critical to serious on June 17, according to a statement from the hospital.

The FBI said authorities are speaking with people who knew Hodgkinson or who may have encountered him.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, a Murphysboro Republican whose 12th Congressional District covers the Belleville, Illinois, area, has said Hodgkinson contacted his offices a number of times, but none of the communication seemed threatening, according to Bost spokesman George O'Connor.

The FBI said it had recovered and was processing a cellphone, a computer and a camera. For that reason, Russell said she just didn't feel safe - even inside her own home.

The gunman also reportedly posted anti-Trump rhetoric on social media, sparking speculation about the shooter's possible political motivations.

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"I'm sorry that he did this but there's nothing I can do about it", she said. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson had apparently been among many volunteers on his 2016 campaign.

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. Hodgkinson later died from his gunshot wounds.

Married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years, she declined to answer questions about his politics and whether they had consumed him.

But in Belleville, a quaint little city where flags fly on Main Street and the movie theater marquee is set off in lights, Hodgkinson, 66, who was killed when Capitol Police officers returned his fire, was known to some friends and neighbors as a volatile figure.

Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.