Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

One victim is rushed to an ambulance after James Hodgkinson opened fire on politicians playing baseball

The gunman who critically wounded a Republican congressman during a shooting rampage at a baseball field was described by neighbors Wednesday as "obnoxious" about politics and "reckless" with his firearms.

Witnesses say it soon became a gun battle between the shooter and police.

A former home inspector and construction company owner who opened fire on Republican members of Congress who were at baseball practice died after a shootout with police, according to a Washington Post report. The weapons, a high-powered 7.62- caliber rifle and a 9mm handgun, were recovered at the scene, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it has no evidence that suggests the sales were illegal.

"We now have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful", the FBI's Washington, D.C., field office and other federal, state and local law enforcement partners said in a statement Thursday afternoon. He was texting - he was texting letting people know we were under fire and that we needed help.

Hodgkinson reportedly was a regular presence in recent weeks on Mount Vernon Avenue, the main commercial street through Del Ray.

Authorities said Wednesday there was not yet a clear motive for the shooting, as the FBI investigated Hodgkinson's associations and social media postings.

Pence had visited the hospital where Scalise is being treated earlier in the day.

Even more awesome, Rep. Brooks was standing not far from the 3 base line awaiting his turn at bat as the shooter started his attack only a few yards away, in the 3 base dugout. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion.

On Thursday morning, Scalise was in critical condition, undergoing a third operation, MedStar Washington Hospital Center reported.

The U.S. House of Representatives resumed normal business activities Thursday after sharply curtailing them following the shootings. "He had communicated with us in the last seven months ten times, nine times by email, one time by telephone".

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

"Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise, " House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters. They brought bouquets of flowers for the recovering victims.

Pelosi and other Democrats charged that Trump himself bears responsibility for the virulent state of political discourse - and some said for Wednesday's attack as well, given his embrace of aggressive rhetoric on the campaign trail and the outbreaks of violence at some of his rallies. And the people there say, you know, despite these local splits here, locally, it doesn't divide - they don't divide them personally. "Pray for Steve!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Four others were also injured in the incident and the gunman, who posted Facebook messages against President Donald Trump and Republicans, was killed by the police.

"I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it".

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