A gunman opened fire during an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress on Wednesday, reportedly firing dozens of shots at a field in Alexandria, Va. At least five people were wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
The man suspected of opening fire at a congressional baseball practice is 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson and judging by his social media, he REALLY hates Donald Trump.
Hodgkinson allegedly shot at congressmen as they were practicing for an annual charity game. The shooter, 66, shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer Zack Barth, two Capitol Police officers, and lobbyist Matt Mika. The Capitol Police officers, who were part of Scalise’s security detail, returned fire. Hodgkinson died from injuries sustained during the shootout.
Hodgkinson’s Facebook page is loaded with anti-Trump posts. He’s also a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter. Also notable, Hodgkinson is also anti-Hillary Clinton, with several posts about her as well.
Among the posts on his page, there’s one that stands out from March which says, “Trump is Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
Sanders just released a statement on Hodgkinson, saying, “I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”
Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was present at the practice and said it “would have been a massacre” without the Capitol Police present.