BREAKING: Shooter Identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, Hillary & Bernie Supporter

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.

James Hodgkinson identified as the shooter.

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.

 Hodgkinson’s Facebook page features a banner image of Senator Bernie Sanders and a profile picture about Democratic Socialism. His profile picture says, “Democratic Socialism explained in 3 words: ‘We the People’ Since 1776.”

According to his Facebook page,  Hodgkinson owns a home inspection company.  Hodgkinson’s favorite shows include politically charges shows such as Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, The Rachel Maddow Show and Last Week with John Oliver.

Hodgkinson, “Facebook Likes” page seem to indicate that he was not a fan of President Donald Trump and other US Republicans and was a supporter or fan of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Huffington Post as well as many other left leaning political pages.

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.

Hodgkinson Facebook page equates Israel with a swear word. JBN Screenshot of Hodgkinson’s Facebook page

Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed Wednesday that Hodgkinson was a volunteer on his campaign, and there were social media posts praising Sanders attributed to Hodgkinson. Sanders refused to take questions on the matter, but did issue a statement that he also delivered on the Senate floor.

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” it read. “Let me be clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”


He went to Belleville Township High School and also studied flight training at Southwestern Illinois College.

James T. Hodgkinson was charged with battery and aiding damage to a vehicle in April 2006 in St. Clair County, Illinois, the Washington Post reports. The charges were dismissed and no other details about the incident or his criminal background were immediately available.

Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business in his home state, the newspaper reports.