Rivals 'all Team Scalise' as political baseball clash honours shot Republican

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Rep. Steve Scalise is in worse condition than many initially realized the day after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice.

Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

On that day, a man later identified as the attacker approached Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC in the parking lot of the Alexandria, Virginia, ballfield, asking him, "Excuse me, sir, who's practicing today, Democrats or Republicans?" as Duncan recalls the encounter.

"These guys were real heroes, and I think without them everybody probably would have been killed", Paul said.

Six-and-a-half years since the Giffords shooting, Clyburn said he is seeing a resurgence of risky, hateful rhetoric in the Trump era.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he contributes to civility by keeping the lines of communication open between himself and his constituents - even when that means allowing voters to scream at him back home, or in Graham's words, "blow off steam".

He said he was encouraged by the public outpouring of support, but ultimately wasn't sure if anything about the polarization between the two parties was going to change in the short-term as a result of the shooting.

No staff members noticed any "inappropriate or unusual behaviour" and no one complained about him, the YMCA said.

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. Federal investigators are working to trace his weapons to find out where they were purchased and other details about their history. Two officers were shot, as were congressional aide Zach Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika.

A list of names - including some Republican members of Congress - was found with the Alexandria shooter, according to a law enforcement source and Rep. Mo Brooks, who was on the list and present at the practice but unharmed by the shooting. When you have people watching that who are deranged.

"This kind of rhetoric was very frightening and ... it created a climate in which violence took place", she said. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.

"You would never find me wearing an SEC hat let alone a Louisiana Tigers hat except for this", Ryan said. "Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person".

"There are a lot of hearts in this country", Trump said.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said with difficulty, through tears.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL. Collins apologized, but several Democrats didn't appear to be in an accepting mood Thursday. Sanders on Wednesday unequivocally repudiated Hodgkinson's actions and decried his use of violence.

A search of online newspapers shows that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

The arrest was first reported by CNN.

Griner, Bailey and a third officer, Henry Cabrera, engaged the gunman nearly immediately, and Alexandria Police officers quickly added support upon arriving at the scene, eventually fatally wounding the alleged gunman, identified by federal law enforcement sources to CNN as James Hodgkinson.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who witnessed the attack, suggested to reporters Wednesday morning that lawmakers should be able to have "some reciprocity" available for self-defense in the event of an attack.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, ' " Schaumleffel said. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.



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