Gunman who shot top GOP congressman had history of arrests

Bernie Sanders Says He Is 'Sickened' by Virginia Shooting

Citing government officials, both the Associated Press and the Washington Post identified Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, as the alleged shooter.

Duncan said he's sure Hodgkinson was the person he spoke with before the shooting based on photos the Alexandria police circulated.

A Washington hospital says the congressman shot during a baseball practice is in critical condition following surgery. In one of his posted tirades on March 22, he wrote, "Trump had destroyed our democracy".

Jeff Weaver, Sanders' former presidential campaign manager, told CNN that Sanders' political staff was trying to get more information.

A resident of Rep. Mike Bost's Congressional District, Hodgkinson contacted Bost's office 10 times between June 2016 and May of this year, Bost said in a statement.

The alleged domestic violence incident is part of an emerging picture of the Belleville, Illinois, man said to have critically wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and injured several others at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. They noted that most people in their neighbourhood had guns since they live in a rural area of IL.

Mr Spicer said the president was also briefed by Mr Scalise's medical team, met Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle during the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, and thanked police who gathered at the hospital.

Republican lawmakers were practicing for Thursday's annual charity congressional baseball game.

His voice sounding emotional, Bost said the morning's event served to remind him of the importance of family.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said the agency is investigating Hodgkinson, looking into his associates, whereabouts, social media impressions, and potential motivations.

Representative Ron De Santis said that a man matching Hodgkinson's description approached him prior to the shooting and asked "whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there".

"Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip".

He added: "I knew he was a Democrat, a pretty hardcore one".

"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.

Sanders said the suspect had "apparently volunteered" on his campaign.

"I believe that there's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now, and in social media and the 24-hour news cycle", said Davis. "The FBI is leading the investigation and will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available". "Today, the entire Capitol Hill community mourns the impact of this horrific tragedy". Sanders said Wednesday he is "sickened by this despicable act" and noted Hodgkinson apparently volunteered on his campaign.

Bost said he was in his early Wednesday morning prayer group, which met about 7:30 a.m., when an aide threw open the door, interrupting the prayer.

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