Sanders 'sickened,' shooter possibly linked to '16 campaign
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 8:28
He left behind his life in IL, where he had occasional run-ins with law enforcement and frequently criticized Republican fiscal policies in letters to the editor. At least five people people including a top Republican congressman were wounded in a Washington suburb early Wednesday morning when a shooting erupted as they practiced for an annual baseball game between lawmakers.
Hodgkinson, who volunteered for Sen.
The Belleville News-Democrat, the local paper in the community where Hodgkinson reportedly lived, showed a photo of him holding a "Tax the Rich" sign in a protest outside a local post office.
Dale Walsh, 65, of Belleville, said he was a lifelong friend of Hodgkinson's.
According to Belleville police, Hodgkinson was target practicing with a high-power rifle at his property in recent months and he cooperated when police asked him to stop.
"At all the parties, he was the jokester of the party", Walsh said. It just took me by surprise when I saw on the news today that he did what he did. He was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics going on.
Shortly thereafter, shots rang out.
The 66-year-old man from IL injured House Whip Steve Scalise and four others in the U.S. state of Virginia. This year's game, scheduled for Thursday, the supported charities are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are also inspecting his home in Belleville, a suburb of St. Louis. A quick scan of his social media presence - Facebook and Twitter - suggested that he was strongly opposed to President Donald Trump and was a supporter of the 2016 presidential candidacy of Vermont Sen. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is running a trace on a rifle and a handgun.
Trump, a Republican, won the USA presidential election in November. The congressman was not at practice today. Davis credited Capitol Police officers on the scene with saving lives.
Malhotra said the first step is to apply firm pressure directly to a wound, with gloved hands if they are available. Scalise and Mika were listed in critical condition as of Wednesday evening. He thought about asking a staffer about the man but never did, he said. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society.
"If you don't like the policies of someone who's elected, change them at the ballot box", Davis said. "Republicans are so evil.and they cannot see it. people hate the Trump party.as well as me!" I see it coming out of news media. That something is that Mitt Romney and a Republican Congress won't raise their taxes.
But Johnson said he has "never advocated for violence".
However, Bost also said that the shooting "certainly hits close to home".
Hodgkinson is believed by investigators to have been a person "of strong views", a senior United States official said. "This should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to step back from the battle lines and come together to strengthen our nation".
The alleged shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, referred to President Trump as a "traitor" who "destroyed our democracy".
"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said in a statement. It was incorporated in 1994 and dissolved voluntarily in January of this year.
Hodgkinson appeared to express his most extreme political views on Facebook, where he took particular aim at Trump and the president's family.
Hodgkinson's criminal history included a 2006 arrest on battery charges that were later dismissed, as well as multiple traffic violations.
Hodgkinson died in the shootout with authorities after he opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they were practicing at an Alexandria, Va., field.
Euille told WAMU that he spoke with the IL resident for 20 to 30 minutes each time they met at the gym, but Hodgkinson did not work out; he only used the sauna, dressed in the locker room and spent time using his laptop.
An acquaintance of the man who shot at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday morning said he was "shocked" to hear about the incident.
"After the shooter was down ... we deferred to (Wenstrup's) judgement on what to do", Brooks told CNN.