National Govt & Politics

Updated: June 14, 2017

Who is James T. Hodgkinson, identified as GOP baseball practice shooter?


By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —

Police have identified the suspect in Wednesday morning’s GOP baseball practice shooting as James. T. Hodgkinson.

Hodgkinson, 66, is from Belleville, Illinois, according to authorities. He owned a home inspection business, according to The Washington Post.

Hodgkinson had been living in Alexandria, Virginia for the past two months, according to his wife.

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In an interview with The New York Times, his brother said that Hodgkinson wasn’t happy with the 2016 presidential election results. 

The Belleville News-Democrat said Hodgkinson wrote numerous letters to the editor. The topics centered on taxes and income equality, with Hodgkinson frequently criticizing Republicans and their policies.

CNN reported that Hodgkinson was in critical condition and had not been interviewed by authorities. President Trump said in a televised statement that the shooter “has now died.”

Multiple people were injured Wednesday morning when a person opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for a charity baseball game. Several people were shot during the attack, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Zack Barth, a legislative corespondent for Republican Rep. Roger Williams.

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