Disturbing Detail Emerges in GOP Baseball Shooting
Virginia shooter carried a list with at least 3 names on it
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2017 8:18 AM CDT
Rep. Mo Brooks speaks with reporters after Wednesday's shooting.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – The Alexandria shooter carried a list bearing the names of some Republican congressmen when he went on his early-morning rampage on Wednesday. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama confirms to CNN that he was on the list as was his office number. Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Trent Franks of Arizona were also on it, per CBS. (A Fox News reporter puts the number of names on the list at six, tweeting they are all Freedom Caucus members, though most other reports still specify three.) The note is not considered an "assassination list," per CBS, but indicates that shooter James Hodgkinson, 66, was eyeing a specific group of lawmakers. Franks declined to talk about the list but tells CNN "it's clear that [the attack] was premeditated."

Hodgkinson, an anti-Republican activist and Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer who was shot dead by cops, had two photos of the field on his cellphone, per the New York Times. For some time before the attack, Hodgkinson used a YMCA next to the ballpark, where he was frequently seen tapping on his laptop in the lobby. Duncan and Brooks were among the reps on the baseball diamond, though Duncan left early. Brooks was uninjured. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the only rep who was shot, remained in critical condition after two operations to stop internal bleeding and repair a leg bone, per the Times. He will likely undergo further surgeries. Police are probing Hodgkinson's motives, including his social media posts in which he railed against Republicans and President Trump, per CBS. (Threats to reps of both parties increased last week.)

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