Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Hodgkinson compared the economic conditions of the time to those that preceded the Great Depression and excoriated Congress for not increasing the number of tax brackets and taking other tax reform measures.

For a variety of reasons, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and other assorted tragedies tend to bring out the very worst in some people.

"This man was just so passionate and hateful toward (President Donald) Trump", said Crist Dauberman, recounting Hodgkinson's profanity-laden tirade.

Four victims were transferred to the hospital with gunshot injuries: Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer.

Wednesday's attack was the first shooting of a member of Congress since January 2011, when Democratic Representative Gabby Giffords was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt at a gathering of constituents in Tucson, Arizona. The shooter died in the exchange of gunfire between him and the police.

President Trump also called for unity, urging Americans to work together for the common good and to "cherish those you love". "Pray for Steve!" Trump said on Twitter after visiting the hospital on Wednesday night.

Republican Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania rose on the House floor to issue a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect", a comment seemingly aimed at an anti-Trump "Resist" movement.

"My prayer is we can resolve our differences in a way that furthers the preamble to the constitution takes us closer to E pluribus Unum", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She accused Republicans of "sanctimony" for suggesting Democrats are the ones to blame. What did she say? Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, even traveling to Iowa to help the liberal politician stump for votes.

Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy
Hodgkinson allegedly opened fire , wounding at least five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Steve Scalise (R-AL) was shot in the hip but has undergone surgery for his wound and is now stable.

"I go there quite a bit to the post office, and if you didn't sign up with him, he would treat you really jerky", he said. Jeff Flake said in an interview that the gunman never said a word. The Del Ray Service Center is known as a "neutral zone" of sorts when it comes to politics; lawmakers of both parties take their cars there.

For their part, some Republicans seem taken aback by an intensity on the left that threatens to overwhelm them in the 2018 midterm elections. "Trump Has Destroyed Democracy". "He was just another guy in the crowd back in those days", Calhoun said. "Oh my gosh, mild compared to what they put on TV yesterday".

Reports say the event was odd because the attack was sudden and unprovoked. "He is a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game". "I'm trying to focus at least myself on internalizing, what can I do better".

After the shooting, members of Congress told reporters they viewed the incident as a unsafe and unsettling development.

There are many ways to exploit the tragic shootings for partisan gain. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. "If you want to make a change, start with the man in the mirror".

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, still in his baseball uniform, told reporters that Scalise's security detail, Capitol Hill police and then Alexandria police returned fire in a battle that lasted as long as 10 minutes and included dozens of shots.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others during an early morning baseball practice had apparently been living out a white cargo van for months and was frequently seen working on a computer at a nearby YMCA, where he kept mostly to himself.

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