Baseball-Field Shooter Carried List of Lawmakers

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James Hodgkinson, the gunman who targeted Republican congressmen at a baseball field in suburban Washington, D.C., was carrying a list with the names of at least three lawmakers, and had pictures of the ballpark stored on his cellphone, the New York Times reports. There were no explicit threats written on the list. Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with the police in Alexandria, Va., after he took aim at Republican lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game against congressional Democrats. A law enforcement official said the list included at least three names: Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Trent Franks of Arizona.

Officials said Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Il., had also taken pictures of the ballpark, nestled in a mostly liberal neighborhood seven miles south of the nation’s capital. For several weeks, Hodgkinson had hung out at a YMCA center next to the ballpark, using its locker room and sitting for hours in the lobby while on his laptop. Authorities believe he was living out of a van since leaving Illinois in March; his brother said he was in the capital region to protest President Trump. The morning of the shooting, Hodgkinson asked Rep. Duncan in a parking lot for the political affiliation of the lawmakers on the field. “I told him they were Republicans,” Duncan recalled. Hodgkinson then fired on the baseball diamond, shooting and injuring four people, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip. Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious after at least two operations.

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