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

Franks added that "it's clear that (the shooting) was premeditated", but he declined to confirm the existence of a possible list, citing the ongoing investigation.

The list contained about a dozen names, a source said.

All three Congressmen on the shooter's hit list belong to the House Freedom Caucus, which is comprised of the House of Representative's most conservative members.

"For those still wondering, he didn't hate baseball or lovely summer mornings in June", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in reference to this article.

CBN News contacted the offices of the acongressmen; however, staff say they can not make any further comments because it's an ongoing investigation.

Hodgkinson is accused of shooting at several members of the Republican baseball team that was practicing this week for the annual congressional baseball game played for charity. Duncan, who was in the process of leaving, told the would-be assassin that the players were Republicans.

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Washington.

It is worth asking whether the hysteria over Republican President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers played a role in Hodgkinson's shooting spree. He had been a vocal opponent of the Republican Party.

Officials also found cell-phone pictures of the baseball field where Hodgkinson fired shots, The New York Times reported.

He spewed left-wing talking points on Facebook, consistently railing against Republicans and the wealthy.

In a 2010 letter, he wrote, "I don't envy the rich; I despise the way they have bought our politicians..."

"Fifty (shots) would be an understatement, I'm quite sure", Flake said when asked about the total amount of gunfire, including police returning fire.

She would not discuss her husband's politics affiliations, but stressed she had no idea that he had weapons with him. She said she hasn't been with her husband since March, when he moved to the Washington D.C. area. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson had apparently been among many volunteers on his 2016 campaign. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who from the floor of the Senate hours after the shooting said he was "sickened by this despicable act".


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