Wounded Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

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Hodgkinson visited Sen. Bernie Sanders' office sometime between April 15 and April 26, Slater said, adding that he did not know whether Hodgkinson - an ardent Sanders supporter - met with the senator.

Rep. Steve Scalise, 51, the House majority whip, was gravely wounded in the shooting June 14. One Capitol Police officer - Special Agent Crystal Griner - also suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle.

The list of names Hodgkinson had in his pocket had no other context.

Hodgkinson legally purchased the rifle in March 2003, and modified it to accept a detachable magazine and replaced the original stock with a folding stock, Slater said.

But Hodgkinson did bring with him an SKS rifle and a handgun. Most days, he would arrive between 6 and 7 a.m.

The Louisiana Republican has undergone several surgeries since he was shot last week. He began shooting at the lawmakers just after 7am. Officials said they also searched the van he had been living out of in the parking lot of the YMCA and found indications on his computer that he meant to go home.

Investigators also found a laptop, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's vehicle. Officials also said the suspect - who died after a shootout with Capitol police - had a list on him with the names of six congresspeople. Yet those communications, along with his attendance at a local tax protest, have not yielded evidence of a motive.

Hodgkinson displayed a photo of the Vermont Independent on his Facebook page.

A Sanders' spokesman said Wednesday he was reviewing office records to confirm the visit.

Slater says he specifically targeted GOP members and he goes on to say, "While the shooter was not known to have a diagnosed history of mental illness, he is known, or was known to have an anger management problem".

"I had a great meeting with Steve-O this morning and he's bright, he's alert", Ryan said. Scalise and other congressional Republicans were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats when the gunman started shooting. A hospital news release said Scalise "continues an extended period of healing and rehabilitation".

Information released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows the deranged gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice had visited the office of Sen. He was more responsive and spoke with his loved ones, the hospital said. He was the most seriously injured victim among the five who were shot last week.

Scalise's condition was upgraded earlier this week.

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