Max Clark, who happened to be visiting Spokane, Wash. this week said he played with James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Bellevillle, Illinois in a golf league nearly 30 years in neighboring Edwardsville.
The company said that it removed Hodkinson's pages for violating its community standards. But he ignored a reporter's attempt to ask him questions on the incident.
As of 9:45 a.m. ET, Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery, according to a statement from his office. He thanked Capitol Police officers who were responsible for taking down the shooter. Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), was also shot but posted on Facebook that he is in a hospital and okay.
The gunman who opened fire at the congressional baseball practice Wednesday was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, sources told Fox News.
Sanders swiftly responded to the reports, saying he was "sickened" by what he called a "despicable act".
The reports said Mr Hodgkinson, who died in police custody, appears to have been a Sanders supporter.
Sanders says violence is unacceptable, and says only "nonviolent action" can bring change. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson had apparently been among many volunteers on his 2016 campaign.
The Republican lawmakers had been practicing for an annual congressional charity baseball game of Democrats versus Republicans, scheduled for this Thursday evening at Nationals Park. A government official says the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others has been identified Hodgkinson. Weaver also noted there were thousands of Sanders volunteers across the country.
Hodgkinson has an extensive history of traffic violations and petty offenses in St. Clair County, Illinois, spanning from 1989 to 2011, according to online county court records. Photos of suspected Virginia gunman James T. HodgkinsonCRIMINAL HISTORYHodgkinson has no felony charges or convictions on record in his home county of St. Clair in IL.
President Trump also said the FBI is investigating the shooting and will provide updates as they become available, and confirmed that Rep. Scalise is in stable condition. The charges were dismissed, records show. A bystander reportedly used a belt as tourniquet on Mr. Scalise. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), his voice breaking, told CNN that "at least five" people were shot at the field, while Sen.