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Gunman who shot top GOP congressman had history of arrests

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois man who shot a Republican congressman and several other people Wednesday while they practiced baseball outside the nation’s capital had a number of run-ins with police in recent years, including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving.

James T. Hodgkinson, who was 66, was fatally shot by police. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s. His most serious problems apparently came in 2006, when he was arrested on the battery charge. Records indicate he has not been involved in any legal cases since 2011.

Hodgkinson’s Facebook page indicates that, until recently, he ran a home-inspection business out of his home in Belleville, in the southwestern corner of the state, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan says he suspects he spoke with the man who minutes later opened fire on the congressional baseball practice.

Duncan, of South Carolina, says he gave a description of the man to Alexandria police that “fits the picture that’s being shown on TV.”

Duncan says he was preparing to leave the baseball practice when the man approached him and asked: “Excuse me, sir, who’s practicing today? Democrats or Republicans?'”

Duncan said he replied it was the Republican team, and the man thanked him and turned around. Nothing about the man “struck me as being out of the ordinary.”

Duncan says he left the field at 7:02 a.m. and had no idea there had been a shooting.

He said he has no doubt the man he spoke with was the shooter, based on photos he’s seen.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for unity after a shooting that injured a top House Republican leader.

Trump says in a televised statement from the White House that while the political parties may have their differences, it’s worth remembering that everyone who serves in Washington is here because they love the United States.

Trump says everyone can agree that we are “blessed to be Americans” and that we are strongest when “we work together for the common good.”

Trump says the wounded congressman, Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is in stable condition.

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