Hospital: Rep. Scalise, wounded in Va. shooting, in fair condition

Austin Daniel
June 23, 2017

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said Hodgkinson acted alone and had checked if it were Republicans or Democrats practicing at the field in Alexandria, Virginia prior to shooting. Because he is part of the Republican leadership, Scalise has protection from the US Capitol Police.

News that the gunman had a list of names on him at the time of the shooting suggests that it wasn't a random incident but instead was a premeditated attempt to kill the politicians.

Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list. But Fox News reported that it had not confirmed any names on the list.

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"Fox News understands that the Capitol Hill police have reached out independently to all of the offices on the list", Herridge said. All three are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which is a bloc of conservative House members. Both Duncan and Brooks attended Wednesday's baseball practice. Scott DesJarlais, Trent Franks, Mo Brooks, Morgan Griffith, Jim Jordan and Jeff Duncan, among others - were intended targets of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson's rampage at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.

"The assailant has now died from his injuries", Trump said in comments about the shooting.

The Majority Whip was struck in the hip and the bullet shattered blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

The update Wednesday also said Scalise is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation". However, after multiple surgeries, Scalise showed signs of improvement, and by Saturday, his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

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