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good evening. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm jake tapper. this is a cnn special report. tonight we're following two major breaking news stories in the u.s. there's an update on the condition of congressman steve scalise. he was one of four people injured during a republican baseball outing, a shooting this morning as the fbi right now is removing evidence from the dead shooter's home. we'll have more on that story in a moment. also breaking news this evening. the president of the united states, not his campaign, not his advisers, the president of the united states, donald trump, is now, according to "the washington post," under investigation. "the washington post" says that
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special counsel robert mueller is investigationing whether president trump possibly attempted to obstruct justice. three top intelligence officials will be interviewed by mueller as early as this week to see what president trump may have said to them about possibly contradicting the investigation into possible collusion between russians and members of his 2016 campaign team. let's bring in cnn justice correspondent evan perez. evan, forget for a moment about what "the washington post" is reporting. what do we know? what is going on? >> we know that the fbi and the special council are gathering information as part of the investigation. we know they're going to talk to dan coats, the director of national intelligence. michael rogers who is the head of the national security agency as well as the former deputy at the national security agency. what they want to do is try to gather information to determine whether or not they're going to
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launch a full-scale investigation of possible obstruction. there's a few steps here before we get to that stage. but, look, there's no doubt here that that is where everybody believes this is going to go, because the president has made it almost impossible for the fbi or special counsel not to investigate him. one reason he fired james comey was because comey wouldn't go out publicly and say he wasn't under investigation. at the time that was true. by his actions and tweets and statements, he's now made it impossible for that to be still true. >> let's game this out. if the investigation goes into whether or not firing comey and and everything surrounding that was obstruction of justice, that could have ramifications at the department of justice. >> right. exactly. if now mueller decides he wants to investigate the firing of comey as part of an obstruction scheme by the president and other people, then the deputy
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attorney general, rob rosenstein, who right now is the head of the this investigation because sessions had to recuse himself. the deputy attorney general is now the top official in charge of this investigation. he would have to recuse himself because he participated in the firing of james comey. it seems like it would be impossible for them to continue to oversee this. then there would be another recusal at the justice department. >> because he wrote the memo explaining why he thought comey -- >> he prepared the memo. he explained why he did it and believes strongly he was right. >> evan perez, thank you for the breaking news. let's go to jim acosta at the white house at this late hour for us. jim, what is the reaction from the white house to "the washington post" report? >> reporter: not surprisingly, jake, the white house is pointing us to a spokesman who is responding to "the washington post" story. we can show you the brief statement and talk about it. the fbi, leak of information
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regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal. a couple of interesting things about that statement, jake. one is that the spokesman for marc kasowitz, this is not a denial. it is not denying the president is under investigation for obstruction of justice by the special prosecutor bob mueller. another interesting thing about this statement is it seems to chalk up the statement about the fbi leak. that's not proven. it's just something the legal team appears to be throwing out right now as part of the defense of the president against some pretty bad news tonight. >> and, jim, an interesting tweet earlier this evening from the chairwoman of the republican national committee, accusing mueller of making an unfounded accusation against president
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trump. i don't know of any accusation founded or otherwise that robert mueller has made at least openly about the president. i assume there are -- there is some talking points being distributed for the president's supporters. >> that's right. and we obtained some of the talking points. there are talking points coming out of the rnc, going out to their various surrogates. here are pictures of them right here. essentially, it ended with a conclusion that says that here are the main talking point. the illegal leaks are the only crime here according to reports from the rnc. the committees have clearly struck out on the collusion charge and are turning to baseless obstruction of justice charges. it says there is no case for the obstruction of justice charges, and when is this fishing expedition going to end now? a couple of interesting things. we've been hearing from the republicans and the white house and the president's surrogates that the real crime here are the
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leaks. now, obviously if the president was somehow involved in obstructing justice, that would be the overriding crime that would have to be investigated by authorities. so it does seem at this point that the rnc, the president's surrogates, the president's aides and allies out there are trying to put a stop to this investigation as best as they can, and put a stop to the media attention as best as they can with these talking points, but it's unclear as to whether that's going to be successful, obviously, because when you have the president of the united states firing the fbi director going on nbc news and saying is it because of the russia thing, i did it because of the russia thing and james comey putting down in memos he felt pressured by the president. obviously that is going to lead -- i would think most special prosecutors to at least take a look at this. >> all right. jim acosta, thank you so much. >> you bet. >> joining me now is erik swalwell of california. represents the san francisco
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area. serves on the house intelligence committee among other assignments. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> i want to get your reaction to the shooting today. you're on the democratic baseball team. tell me what this day has been like for you? >> awful. i play for the democratic side. you get up early and go to practice. you never think something like this could happen. we see police cars out there from time to time. we always joke, like, who would come attack us this early in the morning. and now you see why they're there. we're all hopeful that the majority whip, his staff and the officers recover and that tomorrow night we can come together for a good cause and hopefully this can be a bridge to more working together in the future. >> the shooter's facebook feed was full of anti-trump rhetoric, much of it reposted. he wrote trump is a traitor. trump has destroyed our democracy. it's time to destroy trump and company. he is guilty and should go to jail for treason.
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to be frank, it's the kind of things you would see on poster boards at a resistance rally. do you worry that the left has gone too far in the rhetoric? >> i worry that anyone would think that the way to express themselves would be through violence, and the beauty of this country is our protections of speech, and sometimes we see from time to time on both sides it turns into violence, and it should be roundly condemned whoever the person is, whether they're a republican, democrat or independent. it never should be tolerated to move your actions from a belief to violence. >> the question is if people are using rhetoric like this president is a traitor and the republicans are treasonous and destroying the country and they're going to kill our people through health care and all this stuff, that might give the unhinged among you an excuse or a target as it were. >> yeah. and i certainly hope that no one would be out there trying to incite violence.
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i think what we can do tomorrow is show the country we're coming together. i was 20 years old as an intern when september 11th happened. i was sent home and watched congress stand on the steps and hold arms and sing "god bless america". that's a moment i'll never forget today. we went and prayed together hand in hand. i think there's more gestures like that that we could do to just calm the tone around washington. >> let's turn to russia. what's your reaction to the "the washington post" report that the special counsel robert mueller is investigating trump for possible obstruction of justice? >> we just want the investigations to proceed without any further interference from the president. they have a job to do.
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we have a noncriminal but important job to understand what russia did, whether any u.s. persons were responsible. the president at every turn seems to rear his way in, obstruct, and disrupt. and he needs to get out of the way. and let special counsel mueller report back to the american people whether anyone in the u.s. was responsible, whether the president -- if this is true, obstructed justice. what we cannot have is any further involvement by the white house. >> are you concerned about the leaks. a spokesman for the president's attorney didn't deny the investigation, but he said it's outrageous that the fbi or whoever is leaking. are you upset about the leaks or worried that it might give the president to fire bob mueller as it might be his right under the constitution? >> leaks are bad. and the department of justice has a responsibility to investigate that. they should not be stopped from doing so. but there are also serious allegations here that need to be looked at. for anyone to impugn the integrity of bob mueller is
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stooping low. he is someone who has served our country, i think, with the highest integrity, and at least at this point, i don't see any reason why shouldn't at this point be allowed to go forward. the president should state he will not fire bob mueller despite what his friends are pedaling right now. >> is there a case the president obstructed justice? let me give you the trump defense from people who support the president. they say if he did in fact say i hope you can see your way toward letting this thing go with mike flynn, that's -- it obviously wasn't serious enough that comey felt like he needed to do it and saying i hope is not "do it." there's wiggle room there. there's nuance. >> yeah. first i'll say this is about comey. the president intimated he had tapes.
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comey did not know if he did or did not. he came out anyway. if he wanted to embellish, he could have said the president ordered me to make the case go away. he said the president said i hope. but in that context, i hope, coming from the president with no one else around, sure, i think is a directive. and so that's something bob mueller should weigh. he should look for other corroboration. i think there's a story that admiral rogers and dan coats have to tell as well as jeff sessions and jared kushner who were allegedly in the room when the president ordered them out. i miss being a prosecutor in the courtroom. this is one i'm leaving to bob mueller and trust they'll report back to the american people. >> what position are you playing tomorrow night? >> i'm usually designated a runner, not my glove or bat. i'll be a punch runner for anyone. >> good luck tomorrow. thank you. >> steve scalise needing more surgeries than previously reported, and his battle is not over yet after a gunman with a left wing political vendetta ambushed republicans. stay with us.
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welcome back. i'm jake tapper. tonight we received a new update on the condition of house majority whip steve scalise, republican of louisiana. the third highest ranking house republican after a shooter with leftist views a grudge and a gun opened fire on house republicans practicing for tomorrow's charity congressional baseball game, democrats versus republicans. the update is more alarming than many anticipated. med star washington hospital
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says congressman steve scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding. he was sent to a level one trauma center and had immediate surgery and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. he's received multiple units of blood transfusion. his condition is critical and he will require additional operations. late this evening president trump visited the hospital, but he was not able to see congressman in his current condition. three other survivors are recovering tonight, matt mika, a lobbyist, zach barth, and capital police officer crystal griner. capitol hill police officer david bailey was injured. witnesses describe a chaotic scene with people diving over
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fences to dodge bullets. if not for the heroic capitol police officers, who were there this morning, i might now be reporting to you about a massacre on that baseball field. there are new details tonight about the shooter identified as 66-year-old james t. hodgkinson. the fbi is now investigating the social media posts. one calling for president trump's destruction, for example. cnn's jessica schneider is digging deeper into his background. well-documented hatred of president trump and republicans. >> right. we know the gunman, he spent significant time on his laptop computer over the last two months near the scene of the crime typing up messages of hate. the gunman came to alexandria in march and filled his facebook feed with political rants. in public facebook postings james t. hodgkinson repeatedly railed against republicans calling them stupid, writing that the party hated americans
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and is full of smoke and mirrors. in this post saying republicans are the taliban of the usa. and in march, linked to a change.org petition. trump is a traitor, it's time to destroy trump and company. in 2015 he posted a cartoon about congressman steve scalise, the lawmaker he shot this morning, commenting here's a republican that should lose his job, but they gave him a raise. the gunman's profile picture, bernie sanders as uncle sam. hodgkinson reportedly volunteered for the sanders campaign, but there's no records of his involvement. the senator denounced the shooting on the senate floor. >> i am sickened by this despicable act, and let me be as clear as i can be. violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society. >> reporter: after the primaries hodgkinson seemed to shift his support to jill stein and shared anti-hillary clinton
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statements from the russian outlet rt. he called and e-mailed his republican congressman ten times over the past year complaining about policies like health care. congressman mike boss says there were no red flags even though in one e-mail he wrote if you vote this way, we'll remember you. a law enforcement source says two weapons were recovered at the scene. an sks rifle, a chinese made ak variant that investigators believe was used in the shooting and a nine millimeter pistol. next to the ballpark he parked his van. the fbi says he's been living in it since march. >> do we know where he's at? >> he's behind home plate. >> reporter: he joined the ymca on april 4th and cancelled his membership yesterday. but since his dues were paid through july, the gunman checked in this morning at 531 a.m. staff saw him on his laptop. the former mayor of alexandria
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saw him at the y and engaged him in conversation. >> i concluded until i learned who he was today that this was a person that seemed very calm, very, no mental health issues or anything like that. he was very respective and spoke very well, and just a normal person. >> reporter: but at the local bar hodgkinson frequented, the perception was quite different. >> i recall him sitting down. i go up and say, hi. how's it going. he was very gruff, very, like, not friendly. that's a good way of putting it. >> reporter: hodgkinson was arrested for battery in 2006 for allegedly firing off a gun and punching a friend of his daughter in the face and. the charges were dismissed later that year. he also reportedly belonged to anti-republican groups including one called terminate the republican party.
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according to his local paper, the bellville news democrat. he repeatedly wrote letters to the editor denouncing republican policies and expressing concern about the unemployment rate and taxes. >> hodgkinson was unemployed after quitting his own company late last year. he was fired from a job in 2003 for what his employer called, quote, unacceptable behavior. meanwhile the fbi is piecing together all the details about james t. hodgkinson's movements, where he got his gun, and jake, they are asking the public for any help they can give. >> jessica, thank you. >> he was a medical medic. brad win strap will join me next. plus i'll talk to a man who spent time with the shooter in the last few weeks. their interactions coming up. stay with us. the future isn't silver suits and houses on mars,
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while three others are also recovering from shooting wounds. the most recent serious attack on a sitting lawmaker could have been worse if not for the brave capitol police, and if not for ohio congressman brad wenstrup. he served in iraq as a combat surgeon. he rushed to treat scalise. he gave us the chilling descriptions of what happened and how congressman scalise was doing shortly after being shot. >> you tended the wounds of congressman steve scalise during the attack. it sounds like you went straight into physician mode. how was he holding up during the moment of shock he must have been going through? >> he was doing well. he was talking. he would answer all my questions. i was concerned about fluid loss internally. i found his entry wound but not an exit wound. that concerned me greatly. even though we were able to stop the bleeding externally, i was concerned what was going on inside. so we were getting him water, gatorade, to keep fluids going
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in and wanted to get an i.v. as soon as possible. which we didn't have, unfortunately. >> senator rand paul said if the officers wouldn't have been there, it might have been a massacre. >> yes. everyone was fenced in. the man, in my opinion, knew what he was doing, had been there before, had seen the set up. he started at a position of advantage beyond the third base dugout. no one is over there. everyone is on the first base side. i was along the first baseline. i could see him. then he went behind the dug out and went to home plate and then went behind a building that's behind home plate and came around the back of that. all the while coming closer to all the people that were there and taking their escape route and taking cover behind trees, taking cover. then he went back behind the building and came out at that point after exhausting a lot of ammunition with his rifle and at that point he had a handgun, and
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that's when they took him down. that's when i was able to run out to mr. scalise. >> mike bishop said you were all sitting ducks. >> we were in so many ways. if not for the fact that the capitol hill police were there. he was moving in toward us, toward our only escape route. steve scalise was a sitting duck. everyone was basically a sitting duck in many ways. there was only so many places you could go, especially when leaving the field. so he never got as far as he would have liked. i'm quite sure. but he was moving everyone into one area where he had hoped, i believe, to open fire on them. but, again, thanks to the capitol hill police, he was thwarted. sadly, others were injured. and we're going to pray for them. i know they're fighting hard to get well. >> calls today from president trump. the house speaker and democratic leaders for a recognition of the shared humanity and some semblance of working together. earlier i spoke with mark walker who left the field right before the shooting began. i started by asking him how he
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was holding up. >> we're doing fine. my heart and immediate attention as all of it should be to the ones still victims. not only steve scalise, but a lot of times when these things happen, we talk about saying the name and those are the folks, david bailey and crystal grl griner along with zachary barth and matt mika. they are in our thoughts and prayers today. >> describe what you remember. >> i get a chance to be the starting pitcher. i was resting the arm this morning. it was a tragic scene, almost surreal. i had just, myself, when the shooting took place, we had departed. but in relaying accounts to several members, it was a tragic situation. >> did you see the gunman? did you hear him say anything? >> i did not hear or see the gunman, but his first shot was at trent franks. trent franks is a colonel, retired, playing third base. it's about 30 feet away from
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where the gunman was located crouched behind the third base doug outthere at the field in swra alex zandria. >> you tweeted the gunman wanted to kill republican members of congress. obviously his facebook is full of anti-republican viewpoints. the country is obviously divided right now, although, thankfully most people are not like this horrific shooter. what message do you want to send today to republicans and democrats and unaffiliated voters? >> thank you for the opportunity. in fact, a few minutes ago when the first time the entire members of congress came together, i was asked to lead in a prayer being a former pastor. i'll share with you what i shared. a verse that said let our speech be seasoned with salt, with grace. and i think right now living in the days and times that we are, the rhetoric is quite heated. and i think it takes a discipline on all our parts to make sure we're able to separate
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the policies from the personality attacks? >> many people pointed out if steve scalise had not attended the practice, the security detail with him, because he's a member of republican leadership would not have been there, and the outcome could have been much worse. do you think members of congress need to have more production? >> i will tell you, it looks like we're trending that way, but to your point, had steve scalise not been there with a couple of agents there, there is no doubt in my mind there would be 15 to 20 potentially dead congressmen along with staffers as well. there was no way to defend yourself. you're in athletic gear. you don't even have your phone with you. you have a baseball bat, but that's not going well against the guy that's bringing the fire power like this morning. >> the baseball game planned to go on as planned tomorrow evening. do you support that? >> absolutely. it's a great bipartisan cause
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since 1909. the republicans and democrats have played. tomorrow night at washington national stadium, $600,000 we've raised to go to the boys and girls clubs in d.c. we think it's a great cause, and it's a great way to show that we are united when it comes to reaching out to our different communities to bring help and hope to these places. >> congressman mark walker, we're so glad you're okay. thank you for your time and rest up your arm. good luck tomorrow night. >> will do, jake. thank you. minutes before he started his rampage the shooter spoke with two members of congress. what did he say? that's next. and we'll talk to a man who met the shooter and spent time with him in the last few weeks. did he notice anything unusual about his demeanor? stay with us.
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another tragic shooting this morning. this one happened at a ups facility in san francisco, california. moments ago a source close to the investigation told cnn the shooter has been identified as jimmy lam, a ups employee. he opened fire at the package storage and delivery facility killing three and wounding two. then he turned the gun upon himself. it's not clear how many people
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were trapped inside the location at the time of the shooting, but the company said the facility employs about 350 people. police said there's no indication the shooting was related to terrorism, but they're still investigating whether the shooter specifically targeted the victims. in washington two of the victims are in critical condition including the highest ranking republican in the house whip steve scalise. he suffered an injury to his internal organs and will require more surgery. let's get to brian todd at washington hospital. the statement from the hospital this evening suggests the congressman has something of a long road ahead of him in terms of his recovery. >> reporter: he certainly does, jake. the hospital gave us jarring detail of the congressman's condition a short time ago. they say he sustained a single gunshot, a rifle shot to the left hip, that the bullet traveled across his pelvis. that it fractured bones, injured
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internal organs and caused severe bleeding. he was transported to this facility in shock, they say. he had one immediate surgery and then another procedure to stop the bleeding. he's received multiple units of blood transfusion, and he's going to require additional surgeries. he does remain in critical condition. also tonight, jake, another victim, the officer who helped save a lot of people's lives there today. this is special agent crystal griner of the u.s. capitol police, she is in good condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the ankle. witnesses throughout that situation at the ball field and elsewhere are telling us if it hadn't been for the presence of those officers, this could have been a blood bath on that field. the gunfire captured on cell phone video by an eyewitness seemingly came out of nowhere,
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aimed at members of congress and their staffs. >> i hear the big blam, and i thought it was a car backfiring until the i see the rifle barrel, and a white male taking careful aim at congressmen, staffers, whoever he could get ahold of. >> reporter: witnesses say the gunman identified as 66-year-old james hodgkinson appeared to be laying in wait with a long gun behind the dugout at this alexandria, virginia ymca baseball field. on the field, republican representatives practicing for the annual bipartisan congressional baseball game. >> all of a sudden there were multiple gunshots being fired. >> reporter: it was just after 7:00 a.m. and congressman rodney davis was at bat. >> somebody on the field yelling run. he has a gun. >> reporter: steve scalise was the first victim. he was in the infield. >> he dragged himself after he was shot from near second base about 10 or 15 yards into the field just to be, i think, a little further away from the
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gunman. but he was laying motionless out there. i wanted to get to him, but there were still shots going overhead from both sides, and so finally when we heard that the shooter was down, i just ran low out to steve and started putting pressure on the wound. >> reporter: a republican staffer identified as zach barth was also hit. >> he was gutsy. he was saying it wasn't bad at all. there was a hole in his leg. >> reporter: capitol police officers assigned to scalise because of his leadership position returned fire. >> i saw at least two of them go toward the shooter. they were putting their lives directly in the line of fire. >> two of his detail were shot. one african american gentleman shot in the leg, and i believe he's the one that brought the shooter down. he ran around for quite a while with a leg wound returning fire. >> reporter: witnesses are crediting the bravery of the officers with saving countless
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lives. >> it was the capitol police that saved us all. if it wasn't for the capitol police, i would assume that everybody would have been killed this morning. >> reporter: a total of four victims were shot including congressman scalise, lobbyist matt mika, staffer zach barth, and capitol police officer krystal griner. >> i watched steve scalise lay motionless on the field wondering if he was going to be okay. that's a picture i'll never forget. >> reporter: the hail of gunfire evident in bullet holes in the ymca building. investigators try to find a motive and two members of congress are pointing to a conversation they had with the shooter earlier this morning in a parking lot. >> he asked me if this team was the republican or democrat team practicing. i responded it was the republican team practicing. and he proceeded to shoot republicans. take that for what it's worth. >> reporter: tonight president trump and first lady melania
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came to visit with congressman scalise and his family. president trump, we're told, sat by congressman scalise's bedside and spoke to members of his family, presented them with flowers and also brought flowers for the wounded agent krystal griner. so, jake, a very dramatic day and evening here at washington hospital center. >> brian todd, thank you. next we'll go live to the home of the shooter where the fbi is gathering evidence. what are they finding? is there anything they're specifically looking for? plus steve scalise, he's the latest victim in a long line of congressional victims. lawmakersbacking targets of plisical assassins. stay with us.
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the shooter's home. ryan, officials both from the fbi and the atf are there at this hour. is there anything specific authorities are looking for? >> reporter: well, right now it looks like they're doing a thorough investigation. they are still working at this hour. in fact, we saw an fbi atf forensic van arrive around 3:30 this afternoon, and even now we're seeing agents going back and forth from the home as they seem to be moving throughout it. taking bags of evidence out. when you talk to neighbors nearby, they're all shocked about this activity. there is a corn field right across from where we're standing. a lot of them are shocked by the activity they see right here in their neighborhood. >> ryan, as we reported earlier, the gunman left a social media footprint, political rants against republicans and president trump, pro jill stain and pro bernie sanders. did his neighbors say whether there were any signs at all that could have predicted that his political anger would turn into
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political violence? >> reporter: well, there are five homes just in this area. four of them we can't get to because the fbi has the area shut down. the one neighbor said one thing they never talked about was politics. he saw the bernie sanders sign up front, but he said most of the time they talked about home repairs and how the weather was going. now, there was a time the sheriff's department had to come out here because of shots fired call. that was because he was using a deer rifle in the backyard. a neighbor became concerned. they came out here and realized he was doing everything legally so he stopped shooting, but neighbors hear shots all the time. it was not the gun used the sheriff believes, because it was a rifle, not a semi automatic weapon. >> all right, ryan young, thank you so much. here with me is an attorney who works out regularly at the ymca
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in alexandria next to the ball field where the shooting happened. he regularly saw the gunman. you say you saw the shooter roughly 20 times. >> i believe i saw him on monday when i came into the gym to work out. i saw him and he was sitting at a different table. most of the times he was sitting at the table in the back window that was shot out today. if you turn around 180 degrees, you can see the ball field. >> what was your impression of him? >> my friend -- he's a friendly guy. >> i tried to talk to him and i talk to everybody. i would look at him and he never looked up at me. even if he's looking straight ahead and i am still in his vision, he never said anything. he just had this look like he was in his own little world.
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>> >> did you ever try to talk to him? >> i did. sometimes i would talk to people near my tables just to see if he's looking up at us. he will never look up at me. he will look at his laptop or having a blank stare. >> do you see what he's looking at in his laptop? >> well, he had his back to the windows. even when he sat at the table in the lobby, he always had his back to the wall so no one could ever really see his laptop. >> did he ever talk to anyone? >> i heard today he spoke to the former mayor, and i heard that he's a pretty funny guy. he struck me as an unhappy guy. even if they're tired, they work out, they smile. it's a friendly gym. there are hundreds of people and heavier and thinner and every ethnicity and we are all funny and love each other and this
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guy, he never worked out or talked to kbd, i saw. and he just sat there at his laptop for weeks. >> so he did not fit in per se. >> he did not fit in at all. i try not to profile him of something. when i first saw him i thought he maybe a contractor there or a sales rep or somebody and i saw him weeks after weeks and never in gym clothes and always in polyester pants and a polo shirt, and just did not fit in. it was incomprehensible. >> he was living in his van parked near by, does that surprise you? >> it does. he never smelled bad, and his clothes never looked like they were wrinkled or disheveled. >> in retrospect, it did not sound like it would cause anyone to report him or he seemed
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violent. like you described him like a cranky old man. >> exactly. he seems like a kind of guy just leave me alone, but why are you at the gym? it made no sense he'd be sitting there for hours not doing anything. >> how close is the ymca to the baseball field? >> probably about 60, 70 yards. >> oh, really close. >> if you turn around, there is a little drive way and there is a parking area and the grassy area and the baseball field right there. >> we ran the tape of the congressman who was at the basketball practice today and thankfully escaped. he said it seems as though the shooter had scoped out the baseball stadium, that he knew where to go to do this heinous act. is it possible that he was at the ymca trying to stake out the baseball park? >> i think that's the only
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reason he would be there because this is not a coffee shop. you don't come there to hang out. it happened right where he was installing and consulting in his chair for weeks and weeks. the thing is when he asked about is this a republican or a democratic group, to me i thought that's a confirmatory question. most of the games that are played there are kids. ymca is a secured place and ymca is careful of kids being safe. i have only seen kids playing on the field and not older people. he had to know something was up. i don't know what's in his mind, but it was very suspicious. >> thanks so much for coming in. we really appreciate it. thank you so much. >> no problem. the shooting today, sadly, not as uncommon as you might think. we'll take a look back at other members from congress who had been targeted. stay with us. with the proven power of retinol. reduces wrinkles in just one week. neutrogena®
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welcome back. today's shooting of house majority member steve scalise is hardly, sadly, the first time a lawmaker was uh-uh tacked since congress was stabbed. at least 17 members of the institution had been shot well the office among those tragedies of january 2011. she survived six others were killed. in november 1978, california congressman leo ryan was shot and killed during his trip to investigate the people's temple
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cult headed by jim jones. ryan and four others were murdered. jackie spear who holds ryan seat, was a staffer. she survived after being shot four times. 1968, of course, following his california primary victory, robert kennedy was assassinated. kennedy was the leading candidate for the democratic nomination. the shooting attack involving most members of congress happening in 1954 when a group of puerto rican nationals opened fire in the house press gallery, injuring congressman davis, bentley, and luckily all of them survived. senator hewey long died. in the 1800s congressman hines and hamilton were shot and
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killed just about a year apart from each other. it is no doubt of an unsettling day to be in the office holder. we at cnn thinking of all of you and your families. i am jake tapper, i will be back tomorrow for "the lead" at 4:00 p.m. eastern. thank you for joining us. ♪ [ shots ] do we know where he's at? do we know where he's at? [ inaudible ] i assume people have been calling 911 already. >> a politically motivated shooting leaves a top republican in critical condition, but members of congress are striking this morning a unified tone. will the incident cool the heated political rhetoric? and president trump facing a widening probe in the russia investigation. reports this morning say the sp

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