Facebook page linked to reported suspect contains anti-Trump postings

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, said the Alexandria shooter was someone who "apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign".

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone. 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. House Speaker Paul Ryan also identified two members of the Capitol Police who were injured, Krystal Griner and David Bailey. "As everyone else mentioned, it would have been a massacre if we didn't have those Capitol Police officers with guns there".

Federal law enforcement sources have identified to CNN the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of IL.

Investigators have found anti-Trump posts on social media pages belonging to the assailant, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

Hodgkinson owned a home-inspection business but did not renew his license in 2016. A deputy discovered Hodgkinson and told him not to shoot his gun there anymore.

Court records show that Hodgkinson had two traffic tickets dismissed in 2011.

According to a police report, one victim in the 2006 battery case said Hodgkinson pointed a shotgun at his face. Trump has destroyed our democracy.

"A @BernieSanders supporter did shooting spree: James T. Hodgkinson who pushed a http://Change.org petition to appt indep counsel." tweeted Laura Ingraham.

Minutes before the shooting began Wednesday, Representative Ron DeSantis said he was approached by a man at the baseball field asking if the team was Republicans or Democrats.

President Obama defended doing so after Newtown: "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?"

Hodgkinson, who lived in the community just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, compared the economic conditions of the time to those that preceded the Great Depression and excoriated Congress for not increasing the number of tax brackets and taking other tax reform measures.

"Hodgkinson has a varied arrest record in St. Clair County, for offenses such as failing to obtain electrical permits, damaging a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer, eluding police, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence and assorted traffic offenses". Bernie Sanders, according to the senator, who condemned the attack in a statement. Democratic former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said he had spoken often with the man on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA. I think it's incumbent, not just on Republicans but Democrats, to reflect upon what's the language that we use?

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