Belleville Gunman Who Shot Top GOP Congressman Had History of Arrests

United States media identified Hodgkinson, who died following a shootout with police in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, as a 66-year-old from Belleville Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis.

The company said that it removed Hodkinson's pages for violating its community standards.

Lawmaker Jeff Duncan said he was leaving the practice when he was approached by a man he later learned was the shooter, who asked if the team was Republican or Democrat before heading toward the field. "We have identified and removed the suspect's profiles for violating our community standards".

Scalise is undergoing surgery and his injury is not life-threatening, his office said in a statement.

Scalise was airlifted to Medstar Level One Trauma Center, as was a female police officer who was tasked with protecting the Congressman and who was shot in the foot.

"I mean it was loud and I knew it was a high-powered rifle", Schaumleffel said.

Hodgkinson died at the hospital after a gunfight with police.

Sen. Sanders has released a statement about the shooter, saying "violence of any kind is unacceptable".

Speaking from Capitol Hill, Sanders say he had just learned that the shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, was a volunteer during Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

The man suspected of firing on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria recently moved to the D.C. region and had railed against income inequality in the past.

Trump said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol police officers, and at least two others were wounded in the shooting.

He was charged in 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, the Washington Post reports, adding that the charges were later dismissed. Weaver also noted there were thousands of Sanders volunteers across the country.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL.

He is accused of opening fire at the Republican baseball practice around 7 a.m. Wednesday, shooting several people before engaging in a gun battle with police.

"With reports indicating that Wednesday morning's shooter is from my district, this is a tragedy that certainly hits close to home".

"We took off down the street and a Good Samaritan let us into his apartment so we could call 911 and then also call my family", he said. Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut the friend's seat belt and punched that woman in the face.

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

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