GOP Baseball Gunman Committed ‘Act of Terrorism’ After ‘Casing’ Park for Months – Report
The gunman who fired at GOP lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, was “fueled by rage against Republican legislators” after the 2016 presidential election and “decided to commit an act of terrorism,” a new report finds.
Bryan Porter, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Alexandria, found in his investigation that James Hodgkinson, the Illinois man who attacked a group of Republicans at a baseball field, had been “casing” the field for months before the shooting.
Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old unemployed home inspector, picked the location as his target months in advance according to witnesses who reported him walking around the field as early as April.
The report states that Hodgkinson “held strong political opinions and was very unhappy about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election,” and that he spent a “significant amount of time” expressing his political views on social media.
Before leaving his hometown in Illinois, Hodgkinson was also making vague statements about how he would “not be around much longer”to family members, the report said.
Porter contradicts the FBI, who referred to the shooting as an “assault” in a June press release, adding that they did not “believe there is a nexus to terrorism.”
“The evidence in this case establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect, fueled by rage against Republican legislators, decided to commit an act of terrorism,” Porter wrote.
Terrorism is defined by the Code of Virginia as an act of violence “committed with the intent to (i) intimidate the civilian population at large or (ii) influence the conduct or activities of the government of the United States, a state or locality through intimidation.”