GOP baseball shooter identified as Bernie Sanders supporter

Suspect arrested for shooting at GOP team called Trump a "traitor" who "destroyed democracy" and who needed to be "destroyed."

Gary Willig,

 James T. Hodgkinson
James T. Hodgkinson
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The man who opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball team practice Wednesday morning has been identified by federal law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill, the Washington Post reported.

Five people were injured during the shooting, including Majority House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), and as many as four others.

A Facebook page belonging to the suspect featured pictures of former Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and rhetoric against US President Donald Trump. One post reads: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

Law enforcement sources called the shooting a "deliberate attack" on the group of Republicans.

Hodgkinson later died of injuries he sustained when law enforcement stopped his shooting rampage.

President Donald Trump responded to the attack, issuing a statement Wednesday morning:

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

The president also posted a statement on Twitter praising Scalise as a "true friend and patriot."

"Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him," he wrote.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017








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