Hodgkinson, the man identified as the GOP baseball practice shooter?
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:07
"I have never said "life sucks", only the policies of the Republicans". After Hodgkinson's Facebook profiles were discovered by news reporters, they were updated to prevent public access. For example, his public Facebook posts date back to 2012 and are almost all about his support for liberal politics.
Scalise was later said to be stable and undergoing surgery.
Hodgkinson was still in IL as recently as March, when the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded to a "shots fired" call and found Hodgkinson shooting a hunting rifle.
According to a story from The Washington Post, Charles Orear, 50, met and became friendly with Hodgkinson while campaigning for Sanders in Iowa. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) said on the Senate floor that Hodgkinson volunteered on his campaign. "It's time to come home", the report said.
Hodgkinson linked to a meme for "Bernie Sanders Day" (which is July 26, for those of you who are interested).
Hodgkinson's own descriptions on social media portray him as an avid consumer of political shows.
On Wednesday a senior USA official named the gunman as James T Hodgkinson from IL. FBI now in charge because it was an attack on Congress which is federal crime.
The report says Hodgkinson resorted to dragging his daughter out of her friend's vehicle, slashing her seatbelt, and punching his daughter's friend in the face. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.
IL business records show that the suspect owned JTH Inspections, which he claimed to have operated for more than 30 years.
Beginning around the summer of 2015, Hodgkinson began often expressing enthusiastic support for Sanders' 2016 campaign.
Hodgkinson's wife told ABC News that he had been living in Alexandria, Virginia, the location of the shooting, for the past two months.
Hodgkinson's neighbors, William and Karmen Scharmleffle, said they called the police when Hodgkinson fired a rifle near their home this past March. "So I think the game will go on, but I don't know for sure". They were shot during a gunfight with the shooter, who was also wounded.
In a chilling detail that suggests the violent incident was politically motivated, congressman Ron DeSantis said the man approached him and his Republican colleague Jeff Duncan before the shooting and asked a chilling question.