List of GOP lawmakers found in Virginia shooter's pocket

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The gunman who opened fire on congressmen at a Virginia baseball field on Wednesday had a list of Republican names in his pocket at the time of the incident, Fox News has confirmed. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his vehicle in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday. It contained the names of Rep. Mo Brooks, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC and some other names that were not released.

The list in question contained the names of Republican members of Congress as well as others as reported by The Daily Caller. Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were wounded in the attack.

But in the face of all evidence that Hodgkinson was a Democrat animated to go on a shooting rampage by his own political frustrations, New York Times political reporter Glenn Thrush looked to Trump.

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment.

CBN News contacted the offices of the acongressmen; however, staff say they can not make any further comments because it's an ongoing investigation. Brooks said the list was short and the other names he was told of were also GOP congressmen.

Duncan said he spoke to Hodgkinson before the shooting.

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Scalise, meanwhile, continued to improve, his doctors said.

Hodgkinson's social media postings included anti-conservative rants.

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps. Duncan had left before the shooting began, but Brooks was present when the shooter opened fire. Hodgkinson was mortally wounded by police.

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", Trump said.

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