NEW: AZ Congressman Trent Franks named on Virginia shooter's list

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The lone gunman who opened fire on Republican congressmen in Virginia this week was carrying a list that included Arizona Rep. Trent Franks' name, according to CBS News.

Also on that list are Reps. Mo Brooks, from Alabama, and Jeff Duncan, from South Carolina, CBS reported Friday. All three lawmakers belong to the House Freedom Caucus, which is known for its conservative views.

The list is not being considered an "assassination list," but it was clear the shooter had focused on specific individuals, including Franks, a CBS report says.

STORY: Gunman opens fire at Congressional baseball game

Franks' office directed all questions to the Capitol Police Department, saying, "We have no comment at this time as there is an ongoing investigation."

Franks was elected to Congress in 2002 and is one of the most conservative members. He's also a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, backing the commander-in-chief's controversial Muslim ban earlier this year.

Last month, Franks blamed the "left" for creating a "tense" and "confrontational" culture around politics. 

Franks did not attend the Congressional baseball game where the shooting happened.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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