The shooter at the GOP baseball practice on Wednesday morning in Alexandria Virginia has been identified as 66-year old James T. Hodgkinson, a resident of Belleville, Illinois, according to reports from The Washington Post. Hodgkinson is said to have been injured in a shootout with police and has died.
While the shooter’s motives are still unknown, reports suggest that they may be political. Law enforcement officials have said that the shooter was heard asking, “Are these Republicans or Democrats?”The Associated Press is reporting that the shooter was a volunteer for the Presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders has called the shooting a “despicable act.”
A search for James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois on Facebook brings up a profile that contains significant far-left content. The profile’s background photo is a portrait of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and the profile picture states, “Democratic Socialism explained in 3 words: ‘We The People’”.
Hodgkinson’s timeline shows frequent posts critical of President Donald Trump and supportive of Senator Sanders:
Hodgkinson’s favorite television shows include a who’s who of left-wing media: