Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

James Hodgkinson launched into Trump tirade before shooting

James Hodgkinson launched into Trump tirade before shooting

The man expressed grievances online about President Donald Trump and Republicans, but authorities said they're still working to determine a motive.

A complaint had also been made against Hodgkinson in March this year after he fired 50 rounds into a wooded area near homes.

US Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was present at the shooting, commended the Capitol Police for their protection and quick response.

Wounded U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey set aside one of his crutches and threw out the game's first pitch.

Those neighbors said Hodgkinson had been away from his home on what they thought was a long trip.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

Congressman Scalise supported President Trump.

The Daily Caller said it had confirmed three of the names: Brooks, South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan and Arizona Congressman Trent Franks.

The FBI posted a notice asking for information about Hodgkinson, including these contact phone numbers: 202-278-2000 and 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

Authorities said Wednesday there was not yet a clear motive for the shooting, as the FBI investigated Hodgkinson's associations and social media postings.

He was a supporter of former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and is believed to have volunteered for his campaign. Let me be as clear as I can be.

Hodgkinson seemed especially distraught with the result of the November presidential election.

"It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", it said. He belonged to a number of anti-Republican Facebook groups and had a criminal record that included charges of resisting a peace officer, eluding police, driving under the influence and criminal property damage. "Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person".

She said she didn't know anything about his purchasing weapons.

With this attack, many Republicans are saying that the political rhetoric between the parties has gotten out of hand and needs to tone down. They do. But legal sometimes is not right. Franks confirmed to Fox News on Friday's "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that he was one of the names on the list. "I think that it would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation in terms of the motives until investigators have an opportunity to do their job".

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