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

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps.

Thankfully, nobody was killed in the tragedy (with the exception of Hodgkinson), though House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in the hospital. Scalise remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, and although doctors say his condition has improved some over the last 36 hours, he will require further surgeries, time in the hospital and rehabilitation.

The person told The Associated Press on Saturday that investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and don't know if it was a list of people he was targeting. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Trent Franks of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

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.

Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former aide to Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg. "This was a Republican practice, the suspected shooter asked me who was practicing, I told him it was the Republicans".

Scalise continues to show signs of improvement after he was wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice outside Washington. Franks also confirmed that he had been contacted by the police about the list but declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. They said he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL; he canceled his YMCA membership a day before the shooting; and had talked to a local garage about getting his van ready for the trip. A single shot left Scalise, 51, with a shattered bone in his left hip and internal injuries that caused severe bleeding. Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity. "There's still a lot of things that can happen, there's still a lot of forks in the road that we may not even see yet", Sava said.

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

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) traced the two weapons recovered from the scene - a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle.

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