James Hodgkinson, Scalise shooting suspect, an anti-Trumper

Posted June 16, 2017

A government official identified the shooter as an IL man named James.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

"Steve Scalise was on second base fielding balls".

'All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. Texas Congressman Joe Barton was there with his sons. My son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Police identified the shooter as 66-year old James Hodgskinson, of IL.

Hodgkinson, who worked as a building inspector, volunteered for the Mr Sanders' unsuccessful presidential campaign a year ago. "He was very nice, said, "Hey I'll take it to a range, somewhere that's safer" and that was the end of it". "I witnessed something I never thought I'd witness going to a baseball practice for a game we do for charity".

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both gave speeches of unity to applause on the floor of the House of Representatives. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Trump said he has spoken with Scalise's wife and "pledged our full and absolute support".

The president also called for unity, telling Americans strength comes from when "we work together for the common good".

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"Our courageous Capitol police perform a challenging job with incredible skill, and their sacrifice makes democracy possible", Trump said.

The suspect in the shooting of a Congressman in Virginia is identified as IL man named James T. Hodgkinson.

The shooter, identified as James Hodgkinson, died of gunshot wounds, President Donald Trump said earlier Wednesday.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house.

United States politician Steve Scalise has been shot at Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Two Capitol Police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, who were there protecting Scalise, were also injured in Wednesday's shooting.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office in IL has been contacted for information about Hodgkinson by authorities investigating the shooting in Alexandria, an official with the sheriff's office told ABC News. The FBI is investigating possible motives, known acquaintances, and his last whereabouts.

Court records show that Hodgkinson's legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, had surgery and is in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said. As we continue to gather information, Tracy and I would like to send our prayers to my friend and colleague, Steve Scalise, as well as members of the security detail and congressional staff who were injured.