The man behind the shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, from Illinois. Sources say that 66-year-old Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter, and may have even volunteered for Sanders’ campaign.
At Simpson Field in Alexandria, just a few miles from Washington, DC, the GOP’s baseball practice was taking place in the early morning. During the practice, Hodgkinson reportedly began spraying a stream of bullets at the players, and managed to injure five people—including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. US Capitol police acted quickly to disengage the shooter.
Senator Rand Paul commented they were “like sitting ducks” and added, “Without the Capitol Hill Police, it would have been a massacre.”
Witnesses and residents described the scene as “shattered calm.”
President Trump made a statement revealing Scalise is severely injured but stable and also confirmed two, US Capitol police officers had been wounded as well. In his White House address, he stated, “Steve Scalise was shot and badly wounded and is now in stable condition at the hospital along with two, very brave Capitol Police officers.” He also noted at least two others were wounded.
Texas Republican Representative Roger Williams’s congressional-aide Zack Barth and Matt Mika (Tyson Foods’ director of government relations) were also wounded during the GOP baseball-practice shooting.
Trump also went on to confirm Hodgkinson, the shooter, died from his injuries while in police custody. Fortunately, reports have not indicated anyone else seems to be in danger of succumbing to their injuries.
In a statement, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he had been informed the shooter was a former volunteer for his presidential campaign and vehemently condemned the violent actions.
Even so, some might say it appears violence from the left-wing is only just beginning.