Police just identified the man who opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice in Alexandria Virginia. The Washington Post reported that the shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from Belleville, Ill.
Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers early Tuesday morning while they were practicing for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game. Members of the Capital Hill police unit exchanged fire with the gunman before he was arrested and taken into custody. Several people were injured in the attack, including Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise.
James Hodgkinson’s Facebook profile clearly suggests that there was a political motivation for the shooting. In one post, he wrote this about President Trump, “Want to Say, Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office.” In another post, he wrote: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.” Hodgkinson was also a member of the following Facebook groups, “Terminate the Republican party,” “ Expose Republican Fraud,” and “Donald Trump is not my president.”
According to the article in the Post, Hodgkinson was charged “with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle” in 2006, and his home inspector license lapsed last November.
Acquaintance of GOP baseball practice gunman: “He was, I guess, tired of some of the politics that are going on.” https://t.co/vB7GhSBNA7
— CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2017
This is the second person who supported Bernie Sanders that has been involved in a high-profile crime in just two weeks. Last week, the FBI arrested 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor Reality Leigh Winner. She allegedly stole Top Secret documents and mailed them to a news outlet. Winner’s social media profile pegged her as a Sanders supporter.
Senator Sanders has responded saying he is “sickened” and issued a sharp rebuke.
Fortunately, no one was killed in this vicious attack by what seems to be a political extremist. Representative Scalise is in the hospital but listed in stable condition.
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