Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Gunman who shot US Congressman had a list of lawmakers to kill

Gunman who shot US Congressman had a list of lawmakers to kill

The man who shot senior Republican congressman Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice session this week had a list containing the names of three politicians, officials said.

Franks was on the list but not on the baseball team. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant.

"I don't have a message, I don't know anything about this, I can't help you all". He had access to the facility through Wednesday and arrived less than two hours before the shooting, the YMCA said.

One woman I spoke to who lives in that area, Marilyn Blaha, said she knew him professionally from years ago, says her brother was still friends with him. "I know we'll be thinking about each of them as they take the field tonight". Three others, a GOP congressional aide, a USA capitol police officer and a lobbyist were also injured by gunfire.

A half-dozen patrons gathered at the tavern Thursday afternoon for the $1 taco special and to shoot pool said Hodgkinson didn't hang out there and wasn't known to them.

"I was shocked, and I heard it through an ABC reporter on the phone", Sue Hodgkinson explained.

Defenders of the production say they have a First Amendment right to express their anger at Trump that way. The FBI is seeking more info about the shooter, who appeared to be politically motivated.

"It's pure speculation what was in this guy's head", O'Connor said. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Officials also said he had a history of run-ins with the law, including arrests for battery and drunken driving.

In 2006, Hodgkinson was arrested on assault charges and threatening someone with a shotgun. Four others were also shot, and suspect James T. Hodgkinson was killed by police.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Wednesday that Hodgkinson showed the deputy all required firearms licenses and documentation for the high-powered hunting rifle, which he said he was simply using for target practice.

CBS News reported that the note was not necessarily an "assassination list", but that it indicated Hodgkinson had recently focused on the individuals on the list. I went to school with him.

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