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US Republican House Whip, aides shot in Virginia

James Hodgkinson was shot dead after the Federal Bureau of Investigation says he wounded House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a U.S. Capitol Police officer and two others.Duncan spoke with Hodgkinson before he opened fire at the Republican congressional baseball practice, wounding five including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. He remains in critical condition.Hodgkinson told his wife he was going to Washington to “work with people to change the tax brackets”, she said.According to his Facebook page, Congressman Duncan was approached by the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, in the parking lot and asked if those on the field were Democrat or Republican. “I’m glad they took care that he didn’t get to do it again”, Schaumleffel said.The widow went on to say she just doesn’t know anything more about why her husband opened fire on the baseball diamond near Alexandria, Virginia. “There’s nothing I could do about it”. And she wouldn’t go into anything about his politics but did add this detail that he sold everything he owned from his businesses. And she suggested that maybe he wanted a break from living with their – her daughter’s child who was living with them in their home. Hard to imagine what else it could be, but the 66-year-old gunman was shot and killed by DC police, so he is not available to shed light on the list for us.The charges were eventually dismissed, but witnesses told deputies Hodgkinson grabbed the girl by the hair and threw her on the floor. Zack Barth, a congressional aide, was shot in the calf, treated and released from a hospital.This evidence may prove the fact that Hodgkinson’s attack was not a random crime, but instead a calculated, premeditated political assassination attempt.When asked if the current state of hateful rhetoric is the media’s fault, Bergman responded, “I think the media is complicit if they keep inciting as opposed to informing”.Most recently, police spoke with Hodgkinson in March after receiving complaints of a man firing 50 shots in the woods near several homes. They said he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL; he canceled his YMCA membership a day before the shooting; and had talked to a local garage about getting his van ready for the trip.The FBI also recovered a cell phone, a computer and a camera in the shooter’s van and is processing the items, according to a statement the agency issued on Thursday.