Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

After visit, Ryan says Scalise is 'doing well'


According to the Inquisitr, Scalise was injured after the gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, fired approximately 50 shots at the Republicans, before being shot himself by police.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is alert and talking to his family and colleagues as he recovers from being shot during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). Hodgkinson bought the guns in April, after Trump was elected, Slater said.

FBI investigators have not released the names on the list, but Griffith said law enforcement informed him of his connection to the case Thursday - the day after the June 14 shooting.

Also injured were a congressional aide and two U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Hodgkinson was "struggling in all kinds of different ways" and was on prescription medication at the time of the shooting, according to Slater.

The FBI says Hodgkinson was carrying around a list of names, members of Congress. Officials aren't saying who those members were.

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Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Slater said. But the list lacked any context and the F.B.I. said a review of computer searches showed he had only done a cursory search of two of those members of Congress.

Investigators found the list in the vehicle of gunman James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Hodgkinson legally purchased the rifle in March 2003, and modified it to accept a detachable magazine and replaced the original stock with a folding stock, Slater said. He was "acting alone" when he opened fire, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

At a Wednesday news conference, Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the Washington FBI office, said there isn't enough information to know why the shooter accumulated names of those six lawmakers. He was married for 30 years, and it appears that that marriage was not going so well. Hodgkinson was taking prescription drugs, although Slater did not say what the drugs were for or whether he was abusing them.

Adrift and struggling to cope with an array of personal problems, James Hodgkinson was running out of money and told a family member that he wanted to return to IL. "He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks". He had posted repeatedly on social media espousing "anti-Republican" views, Slater said, and prior to the shooting, he asked a witness if those practicing were Democrats or Republicans. When he was told it was the Republican team he remained in the area. On the day of the shooting, he went to the unit at 6:23 a.m. and left at 6:35 a.m.

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