Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

In doing so, the AP pair failed to disclose details already reported by several media outlets.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others when he turned the quiet park into a war zone.

The officials said investigators don't know what the list of names means, but members of Congress have been briefed. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation.

Left-wing terrorist James T. Hodgkinson had an assassination list of conservative House members in his pocket, according to an exclusive report in The Daily Caller.

Information for this article was contributed by Eric Tucker, Erica Werner, Lauran Neergaard, Maria Danilova and Jim Salter of The Associated Press; and by Julie Turkewitz, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, John Eligon, Alan Blinder, Bill Bryan, Richard Perez Pena, Susan C. Beachy and Kitty Bennett of The New York Times.

The discovery suggests that the shooting was a premeditated political attack, The Daily Caller reported. Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Morgan Griffith (Va.), according to Fox News. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona.


Doctors say Scalise has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from a gunshot wound to the hip two days ago.

Franks told Fox News Friday on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that he has been notified that he is involved in the investigation. As he was leaving the baseball field, Duncan said Hodgkinson asked him if the practice was Democratic or Republican congressmen.

Franks was not on the team, adding uncertainty about the significance of the list of names. Among other things, Hodgkinson said Trump had screwed up the country "more than anyone in the history of this country".

The gunman was believed to have harbored unfavorable views toward Republicans at large, including President Donald Trump.

The wire service clearly failed to acknowledge the significant and confirmed (though anonymously sourced) work of others.

And while it is helpful for investigators to know Hodgkinson's background in order to develop a better understanding of who the shooter was, the Times story seemingly ignores what most others don't, including one of Hodgkinson's IL neighbors, who told the paper that while "life moved on for other people" following the 2016 election, the election "never ended for" Hodgkinson.

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