List of GOP lawmakers found in Virginia shooter's pocket

Kristopher Drake
June 17, 2017

After learning from Duncan that it was Republicans practicing on the field for the annual Congressional baseball game, Hodgkinson left to get his rifle, returned to the field, and opened fire.

The FBI has swarmed the IL home of James Hodgkinson, combing through evidence trying to understand what could've led the 66-year-old man to the shooting rampage at a Republican congressional baseball practice. According to his Facebook posts, Hodgkinson despised President Trump and "Rethuglicans".

A "Business Insiderprofile on AOL news of James Hodgkinson, who allegedly carried out the attack on Republican members of Congress at a June 14 practice" for a charity baseball game, paints the picture of a "very mellow" business owner who "stayed up late" talking politics and whose alleged actions were "totally out of the blue". Hodgkinson said he had a home inspection business back in IL but had been in Alexandria for a while and had been looking for temporary work.

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.

In more than two dozen letters to the editor of his local paper, Hodgkinson railed against former President George W. Bush and called for "voting all Republicans out of office". That was Hodgkinson back in 2011 at an "Occupy Wall Street" protest. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

In 2006, found himself in a situation involving domestic battery and unlawful discharge of a shotgun, when he punched a woman in the face then used the wooden stock of a 12-gauge shotgun to hit the boyfriend. The charges were eventually dropped.

BILL SCHAUMLEFFEL: After a couple more shots, why, he steps out from behind the pole barn over there. The alleged shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, was a volunteer at many of Sanders' rallies. He was squeezing off five or six shots at a time and, according to the report of the incident, fired about 50 shots in all.

Sue Hodgkinson said she felt "horrible". And the county that I'm in right now, St. Clair County, is politically purple.

"I told the sheriff, 'I don't know what's the matter with that guy, but he can't be shooting like that, '" he said.

Suzanne Hodgkinson was visibly shaken during the interview as she was escorted by St. Clair Deputy Chief Rick Wagner.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said Wednesday.

"The only thing I was concerned about was that it was such a high-powered gun, and that somebody could possibly get hurt".

As a result, those with whom we disagree are no longer people who have inherent worth and dignity, but the enemy who must be defeated and whose belief systems are destroying our nation.

Dale Walsh, 65, of Belleville, said he was a lifelong friend of Hodgkinson's.

When Hodgkinson left for the Washington area, his wife figured he just needed a break since their daughter and 2-year-old granddaughter had just moved into their home and usually spent all day with him.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

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