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Congressional Shooter A Trump Critic And Sanders Fan

16 June 2017

NBC has identified him as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville.

Sanders released a statement on Twitter saying "he is 'sickened by this despicable act".

Bost said they've gotten many more disturbing messages from people over the years and routinely flag them to law enforcement.

Investigators are still looking into the gunman's motives, but he posted anti-trump sentiments on his social media.

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Hodgkinson reportedly attacked with a rifle, injuring five people Among those shot was the House Majority Whip, Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who subsequently underwent surgery for his wound, ABC News reports.

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Gunfire rang out at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning. "I can't wrap my head around it", Hodgkinson said.

Hodgkinson's Facebook profile featured a cover photo of Sanders, a USA senator from Vermont who lost to Hillary Clinton in his bid to be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2016. He was a member of fiercely anti-Republican Facebook groups.

The FBI said the IL husband and unemployed home inspector had been living out of his vehicle in Alexandria, Virginia, since March. She says she learned her husband was involved when she received a call from a news reporter.

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Clark could not recall any specific extreme political views Hodgkinson may have held. Sen.

It appears Hodgkinson had a legal firearms owner identification card, despite numerous misdemeanor cases, including a 2006 domestic battery charge, which included aggravated discharge of firearm.

A search of online newspapers shows that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012.

He attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and through the end of previous year worked for JTH Inspections, the Facebook page indicates.

"He was in a few fights and stuff like that, nothing would demonstrate violence as far as what he did", a friend of Hodgkinson said.

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There are also reports the man has trapped himself inside the building with another woman and multiple children as hostages. It is believed the man attempted to exit the house earlier but ran back inside as officers surrounded the property.

Congressional Shooter A Trump Critic And Sanders Fan