The Face of the GOP Shooter

The man who opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is a supporter of Bernie Sanders and various liberal causes, according to his Facebook profile.

The Washington Post reported that the shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from Belleville, Ill.

Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers early Tuesday morning while they were practicing for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game. Members of the Capitol Hill police unit exchanged fire with Hodgkinson before he was taken into custody.

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Hodgkinson’s Facebook profile strongly suggests a political motivation for the shooting, which left several people injured, including Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

In several posts Hodgkinson claims to be a supporter of Sanders. The Post reported that he also volunteered for the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign in Iowa.

“He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics,” said Charles Orear, who volunteered with Hodgkinson in Quad City. “He was more on the really progressive side of things.”

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