Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting?

Posted June 22, 2017

Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona, The Daily Caller reported.

Hodgkinson was injured in a shootout with police and later died of his injuries, according to officials.

The FBI said in a joint statement with other law enforcement agencies Friday that it is continuing to process evidence in an effort to determine a motive in the shooting. Hodgkinson, an IL native who had been living in his truck in Alexandria during the months leading up to the shooting, was apparently getting his tires inspected to ensure they would be able to survive the trek back to IL.

Last week, the world was told that the accused shooter in an attack on a congressional baseball game Wednesday morning was from Belleville.

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Both Franks and Brooks told CNN they were informed about the list by Capitol Police. Duncan, who was in the process of leaving, told the would-be assassin that the players were Republicans. "He asked me if this team was the Republican or Democrat team practicing".

Doctors said Friday that Scalise had a second surgery on Thursday and although he remains in critical condition, his condition has improved. They tried to get the perspective out there that Hodgkinson's attack on the congressmen was due to his unstable mental conditions and it had nothing to do partisan hatred or politics.

In his first public comments since the shooting, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that Scalise will be able to return to work in his full capacity. The FBI also recovered a computer, a camera, and a cellphone from the shooter's auto, which it is still being processed, according to a statement released on June 15. The 66 year-old, who apparently volunteered with Bernie Sanders' failed presidential campaign, wounded four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, before being shot and killed by U.S. Capitol Police.

The gunman was believed to have harbored unfavorable views toward Republicans at large, including President Donald Trump.