Slain James T. Hodgkinson identified in US congressional baseball shooting

James T. Hodgkinson
By Michael Walsh
The gunman who opened fire on Republican members of Congress on a baseball field outside Washington, Wednesday morning, has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.

President Trump revealed that the gunman had died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident.

At least five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, were wounded at the baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. The congressional representatives were practicing for a charity baseball game against Democrats that had been scheduled for Thursday.

The Washington Post first reported on the shooter’s identity: Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., was a 66-year-old home inspection business owner. His home inspection license expired last November and had not been renewed, according to the paper.

Public records show that the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department had arrested Hodgkinson on suspicion of battery, domestic battery, criminal damage of property and reckless discharge of a firearm in April 2006.

Records obtained by Heavy show his lengthy criminal history in St. Clair County dates back to 1989, which includes various traffic violations, driving under the influence and resisting a police officer.

Hodgkinson’s social media presence has been scrutinized since he was connected with the shooting. According to his apparent Facebook page, Hodgkinson attended Belleville High School-East, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southwestern Illinois College; he also ran JTH Construction and JTH Inspections.

A glance at the activity on the Facebook page, which has not been verified, reveals that Hodgkinson was adamantly anti-Republican and detested Trump. The Facebook page contains a steady steam of anti-Trump posts. He said Trump should go to prison for treason and called him the “biggest a**hole we have ever had in the Oval Office.”
~Yahoo News

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