James Hodgkinson launched into Trump tirade before shooting

James Hodgkinson launched into Trump tirade before shooting

The list appeared to corroborate the Hodgkinson's suspected political motive in attacking a Republican baseball practice.

Reps. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, and Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, told reporters Wednesday that the gunman approached them in their auto and asked whether "Republicans or Democrats" were on the field before the shooting.

James Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old Belleville, Illinois, man with abhorrence for President Trump, penned more than two dozen letters-to-the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat between 2008 and 2012, the newspaper revealed.

Hodkinson's arrest comes after he allegedly opened fire on a group of people practicing ahead of the annual Congressional baseball game Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia. TheDC and Fox News received the information from anonymous sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation. He is still in the ICU in critical condition.

Hodgkinson's attack shocked those who knew him as a popular and "laid-back" blue-collar worker in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.

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Sue Hodgkinson, the accused gunman's wife, told reporters Thursday she was shocked by her husband's actions, saying, "I can't believe he did this". His social media showed an intense opposition to the GOP and Donald Trump, and he had reportedly volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa.

Asked about her husband's decision to leave for an extended period of time, Hodgkinson said that her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter had recently moved home.

The FBI is still investigating the case and is looking through Hodgkinson's belongings, including his cellphone, computer and camera.

In the wake of this tragedy, all we can do is pray for the continued healing of Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise and give thanks that the lives of Congressmen Brooks and Palmer and so many others were spared Wednesday morning.

Two Capitol Police officers at the park to provide security for Scalise fired back at James Hodgkinson, who later died at a hospital.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. said in a statement that Hodgkinson arrived at the facility at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday. Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey suffered a minor injury and was treated and released.

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