Gunman who shot GOP congressman, 3 others, had run-ins with police

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise ASSOCIATED PRESS

16 June, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office said Scalise's wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot.

Hodgkinson posted content favorable to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on his page and signed a petition for the removal of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Stocky, with graying hair and a well-trimmed moustache-goatee combination, Hodgkinson was an ardent supporter of Sanders, the feisty hero of the left who nearly defeated Hillary Clinton past year in a tough fight for the Democratic White House nomination.

Robert Becker, director of Sanders' Iowa campaign, said staff workers could not recall Hodgkinson.

Hodgkinson, the gunman suspected of ambushing Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning has been identified as a left-wing activist who volunteered on the presidential campaign of Sen. Let me be clear as I can be.

CBS News' Kristin Steve and Laura Strickler report that, according to local court records and incident reports from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department in Illinois, Hodgkinson had over 20 interactions with law enforcement for minor offenses.

In the letters, the Belleville News-Democrat reports that Hodgkinson railed against Republican and tax policies.

Officers shot Hodgkinson, who later died.

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Police say it is too early to determine a motive in the shooting. But CNN's Dana Bash reported that the shooting was deliberate and not a random act. The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep.

Moments after the attack, Trump said; "We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country". He ran a Facebook group called Terminate the Republicans.

None of that stopped some conservatives from concluding that Hodgkinson was aiming to injure Republicans specifically, and that he was driven by a liberal culture that glorifies violence against GOPers.

"He never talked politics with us", Jett told AFP. Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president, retweeted Hill's comment - adding "This." "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues". Five people were wounded. He did not dispute reports - and the senator's confirmation in a statement - that Hodgkinson had been a volunteer.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, echoed Davis' sentiment.

"I told the sheriff, 'I don't know what's the matter with that guy, but he can't be shooting like that, '" he said. "We've got to stop the violence".

"I saw the officer get hit, kind of slumping near the SUV", Filous said. "We will use this occasion as one that brings us together and not one that separates us further".

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