He says that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".
Hodgkinson opened fire at around 7 am Wednesday morning, attacking Republican members of Congress during an early morning practice for an annual charity baseball game near Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria.
The gunman according to reports also shot and wounded two Capitol police officers and the aide of Scalise who was shot in the chest by the suspect who was taken down by Scalise's security detail and later arrested. "I just want to let people know that he wasn't evil, that he was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics that are going on".
A Facebook page for a user named James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, contained many posts that mocked President Donald Trump and were supportive of former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. He thanked Capitol Police officers who were responsible for taking down the shooter. In a live announcement on national television, President Trump said the gunman has died.
A resident who posted a video of the scene after the shooting said, "There were probably about 80 to 100 shots fired over there". Meanwhile, ABC News spoke with Hodgkinson's wife, who was at work and as of 10:30 a.m. Records from the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation show that Hodgkinson held an inspection license from February 2003 to November 2016. Orear said he had no idea that Hodgkinson would be involved in something like a shooting.
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All defendants charged with involuntary manslaughter are charged in particular for the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. The charging documents said that Lyon's "acts and failure to act resulted in the death of at least one person".
"Any person who is a Bernie Sanders supporter, please, do not in any way, shape or form engage in violence", Sanders said at the time.
People online were quick to point that liberal rhetoric was to blame for Wednesday's shooting, and Hodgkinson's Facebook posts are not likely to quell any of their fervor-as many people flocked to his Facebook page to post about their hopes of him getting the death penalty, dying in prison, or being tortured.
Scalise and the other four victims are expected to survive.
Scalise, 51, has represented Louisiana's First Congressional District, which includes New Orleans, since 2008.
Scalise underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for the gunshot wound and was in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon, according to the medical center.
"I believe that there's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now".
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