Gunman who shot US politician volunteered on Sanders presidential campaign

Gunman who shot US politician volunteered on Sanders presidential campaign

Scenes of the Scalise shooting in Washington

The gunman who shot a Republican politician Steve Scalise and several others as they practised baseball had had a number of run-ins with police in recent years.

These included arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drink-driving. James T Hodgkinson, who was 66 and from Illinois, was 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.

Earlier, the gunman who shot a Republican politician Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball practice has died from his injuries, US President Donald Trump said.

Mr Trump said the assailant who shot Representative Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died.

He has been identified as James T Hodgkinson.

Mr Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.
Officials said several other people were also wounded.

Mr Trump said Mr Scalise “was badly wounded and is now in stable condition”. The president praised the “heroic actions” of the Capitol Police at the scene.

Who is Scalise?

Steve Scalise, a member of the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, is known for his love of baseball and the late-night meals he often serves his colleagues in his office near the Capitol’s ornate Statuary Hall.

Mr Scalise, the number three House Republican, was shot on Wednesday along with several others during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

The 51-year-old distributed commemorative baseball bats to fellow members when he ran for a leadership post in 2014.

The Louisiana conservative was elected majority whip, the job of chief vote counter for the Republican leadership team.

Mr Scalise was first elected to the House in 2008 and served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives, before becoming whip in the leadership shuffle that followed the surprise defeat of then-majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary.

In his whip campaign, he boasted about his conservative credentials and pointed out that he would be the only Republican leader from the South, which had a major role in giving Republicans their largest House majority in decades.

Mr Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was transported to a Washington hospital and was undergoing surgery. He is in a stable condition.

“Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of US Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues,” his office said in a statement.

Mr Scalise represents a district that includes some New Orleans suburbs and bayou parishes.

Before entering Congress, he was a politician in Louisiana for eight years.

Mr Scalise faced questions last year about some of his Louisiana ties.

Six months after his election as whip, it came to light that he had spoken in 2002 to a white supremacist group founded by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Mr Scalise apologised for the speech and said he was unaware of the group’s racial philosophy when he agreed to speak as a state legislator.

“I reject bigotry of all forms,” Mr Scalise said then.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.

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