Trump Calls For Unity After Gunman Opens Fire At Congressional Baseball Practice

Suspected shooter who opened fire at congressional baseball practice from Illinois

Hodgkinson, the gunman suspected of ambushing Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning has been identified as a left-wing activist who volunteered on the presidential campaign of Sen.

A judge later returned the teen to the custody of IL welfare officials and awarded guardianship to the Hodgkinsons' neighbor, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The suspect in a shooting of a congressman and several others in a Virginia ballpark was a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

He is believed by investigators to have been a person "of strong views", the USA official said, without elaborating.

The Belleville News-Democrat, a local newspaper in Belleville, Illinois, which is a suburb of St. Louis, reports that Hodgkinson wrote them several letters in recent years.

Social media accounts for James T. Hodgkinson, believed to be the man who opened fire on GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice in suburban Washington, D.C., appeared to show him as an outspoken critic of Republicans and a supporter of Sanders' campaign.

President Trump expressed his thoughts on the shooting.


And he blamed Republicans for keeping things the way they are - and Democrats for not standing up strongly enough to stop them.

In March, he posted an anti-Trump message that says, "Trump is a Traitor". Trump has destroyed our democracy. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

The SITE Intelligence Group reports that Hodgkinson "regularly espoused vitriolic anti-Republican and anti-Trump viewpoints while supporting liberal causes on Facebook".

Stocky, with graying hair and a well-trimmed moustache-goatee combination, Hodgkinson was an ardent supporter of Sanders, the feisty hero of the left who nearly defeated Hillary Clinton previous year in a tough fight for the Democratic White House nomination.

An initial police report lists the gunman's weapon as an M-4 assault rifle, CBS News has learned. Sen.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL. Its license expired in November past year and was not renewed, the reports said. The charges were dismissed, records show. He started his own company, JTH Inspections, in 1994 and conducted home inspections and mold/air quality testing. Many included complaints about income inequality, the AP reported. He referred to Citizens United v. FEC, the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eased regulation of campaign spending, as "Citizens Divided".

"This could be the first political rhetorical terrorist attack", Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, who was at the practice, told CNN's Brianna Keilar Wednesday morning before Hodgkinson had been publicly identified as the alleged shooter.

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