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Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

The man suspected of opening fire on Republican congressmen during a baseball practice was an enthusiastic Bernie Sanders supporter on social media and an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

Three other gunshot victims were transported to hospitals: U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, whom authorities said was shot in the ankle; Zack Barthe, an aid to Congressman Roger Williams; and lobbyist Matt Mika. Now we know where he went.

"Please keep @SteveScalise and his family, as well as USCP (United States Capitol Police) in your prayers".

"Please take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe", he said.

Hodgkinson had been licensed as a home inspector and real estate appraiser but did not renew his home inspector licence after it expired in 2016. One of his posts read: "Trump is a Traitor. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

Trump called for national unity in the wake of the shooting, as did House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Bernie Sanders wrote about that in the paper the other day".

Sanders started out by saying he was just informed that the shooter "apparently" worked on his campaign as a volunteer, reports NPR News.

In a statement, President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", Michael told The New York Times.

Hodgkinson also "liked" a cartoon suggesting Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) should be fired. He also punched a female friend of his daughter in the face "with a closed fist" and struck the woman's boyfriend in the head with the stock of his shotgun, before firing a round as the man ran away. The Post noted that the charges were dismissed, according to records.

Witnesses earlier said Scalise was felled by a bullet to his hip, and crawled across the field during the shooting.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital, according to one congressional aide.

Witnesses said the shooting may have been much worse if Mr Scalise's security detail not been at the game. He died from injuries sustained in a shoot-out with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene in Alexandria, Virginia. The presence of those officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, likely saved lives.

He said he had spoken with Mr Scalise's wife, Jennifer, and pledged his support.

Representative Mo Brooks making a tearful phone call after helping to apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot. He retweeted Michelle Malkin, who pointed to a professor's tweet following the passage of the health care bill that Republicans "should be lined up and shot".

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