Virginia shooter who shot Republicans was a Trump hater

Rod Rosenstein

Inside James Hodgkinson's van was a white poster with a cartoon image of President Trump that read "Chicken in Chief", according to photos taken of the vehicle. Congressman Fortenberry says it only adds to the tragedy that the gunman attempted his shooting spree in an area where children were present. Scalise was seriously injured, but a news release from his office said that his condition is "stable".

"Once we got back to the Hill, we got word that there was a shooting. So we got to speak up for the whole country", said Hodgkinson in 2011.

Scalise and other Republican lawmakers were gathered at the park, 400 East Monroe Ave., about 7 a.m. EST, practicing for a charity Congressional baseball game Thursday.

He condemned the shooting as a "despicable act".

After learning this news, the 75-year-old politician immediately made an address to condemn Hodgkinson's actions.

"Trump is a traitor".

As The Belleville News-Democrat reports, he was a member of Anti-Republican groups including "Terminate the Republican Party" and "Illinois Berners United to Resist Trump".

Hodgkinson was a volunteer for Vermont Sen.

Five people were shot in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page includes posts critical of Trump and in support of Bernie Sanders.

Local, statewide politicians respond to attack at congressional baseball practice in Virginia
The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said his team was practicing when they heard about the attack on the Republicans.

While we're still learning more about the shooter and his motives, there are several reports indicating that the man was a one-time volunteer for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

"It's weird. I don't know he got onto my site", said Lyons, who identifies as a member of the Bernie Sanders Grassroots Family Network.

After the attack on Wednesday, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch sent a reporter to Hodgkinson's house. "I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", he told The New York Times. Hodgkinson also beat a girlfriend and his daughter.

In 2006, he was arrested for battery after allegedly punching a young woman in the face and striking and choking another individual. The charges were dismissed, the records show.

Mr Scalise was shot in the hip during the incident and dragged himself off the field leaving a trail of blood.

He appeared to be extremely angry with congressional Republicans, whom he alleged were allowing the nation's rich to buy their votes. Thank you, Madame President.

Hodgkinson opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle, unleashing multiple rounds before he was engaged by police officers and fatally wounded, according to published reports.

Two Capitol police officers shot Wednesday have been identified as Krystal Griner and David Bailey.

"The attack is frustrating because I expect that this will ultimately demonstrate that words and rhetoric have consequences", Graves, a Republican from Baton Rouge, said in a statement.

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