What We Learned About The GOP Baseball Shooter Through 7 Facebook Posts

Tammy Harvey
June 16, 2017

Mr Sanders condemned Hodgkinson's actions on Wednesday.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas is placed into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

But members also had to deal with the practical implications of what had occurred.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Police advised him to stop, but took no action because he "wasn't doing anything illegal", according to the St. Clair Sheriff's Office.

The hospital said Scalise was shot once in the left hip, fracturing bones and causing severe bleeding.

After James Hodgkinson was identified as the alleged shooter in an incident that left a congressman and several others wounded, many in Belleville recounted times they've met him or worked with him. "How dare they?" retorted Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, pointing to a year of venomous attacks by Republicans including President Donald Trump. Lawmakers signed poster board-sized cards for those who'd been shot and were recovering including the two Capitol Police officers who'd been injured in the line of duty.

Trump and others in both parties called for unity - or at least a drastic cooling of rhetorical attacks.

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., issued a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect".

Trump later visited Scalise at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center with his wife Melania and spoke with Scalise's wife Jennifer and doctors. The popular and gregarious lawmaker is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative bats when he secured the job of House whip several years ago. Officer Griner U.S. Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle but is in good condition, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. Five people were wounded, including U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, congressional aide Zachary Barth, Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, and lobbyist Matt Mika, originally from MI, who liked to practice with the team.


Scalise was among five people wounded when a shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in Alexandria. The popular annual GOP-Democrats baseball face-off, which raises money for charity, will go forward as planned Thursday evening and a big crowd is expected.

Hodgkinson's home state of IL has a broadly similar provision, said Ari Freilich, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.

The former mayor of Alexandria, Bill Euille, told the Post he had spent the last month and a half talking to Hodgkinson almost every morning.

His Facebook posts attacked the president, including one stating, "Trump is guilty and should go to prison for treason".

"It doesn't make sense to me, not with this shooting and not with blaming an entire Black Lives Matter movement when a random black man shoots a police officer", said Shaun King, a columnist for the New York Daily News who campaigned for Sanders.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at the plate at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base. Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

The teenager's mother entered the fray, hitting her daughter, pulling her hair to get her out of the auto and threatening to put her back into foster care, the report said.

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