James T. Hodgkinson, 66, has been identified as the shooter who opened fire on GOP members of Congress at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, the Washington Post reports.
Hodgkinson, is Belleville, Illinois, the newspaper reports. A motive for the shooting is not yet known, although based on reports of the shooter inquiring of the Congressmen were Republican or Democrat before he started the shooting spree and based on his social media pages, the attack seems to be politically motivated.
Hodgkinson shot and killed by two Capitol Hill Police officers who were at the scene as a security detail for Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, who was shot in the hip but is expected to fully recober. The two police officers, one male and one female, were also wounded and are expected to survive.
Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said his officers and Capitol Police officers exchanged fire with the gunman.
The GOP baseball team was practicing in Alexandria, Virginia when the shooting occurred. The Republican team was preparing to play its annual game against Democratic congressmen at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
JBN discovered an additional Hodgkinson Facebook page with many politically charged posts against Donald Trump some of which compared Trump to a Nazi ruler.
Other Hodgkinson posts targeted Trump’s daughter and son in law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as well as anti-Israel rhetoric. Facebook removed both of Hodgkinson Facebook pages as JBN was creating screenshots of the offending posts.