Virginia Shooting: Suspect Identified as James T. Hodgkinson
Details have emerged regarding the assailant who took aim and fired upon a congressional baseball practice early this morning in Alexandria, Virginia. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise appears to be the one elected official shot in the exchange of gunfire which led to the hospitalization of five total individuals including security detail and at least one congressional aide.
According to the Washington Post, the shooter’s name is James T. Hodgkinson. He is 66 years old and owns a home inspection business. However, state records show that his license was not renewed.
Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery while living in Illinois where his driver's license is from. Records show that the charges were dropped.
Per a cursory glance at Hodgkinson’s Facebook page, it would appear that he is a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter and socialist.
The shooting took place as a GOP congressional baseball team was practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, ahead of a charity game between Republicans and Democrats scheduled for Thursday.
Police say it is too early to determine a motive in the shooting.
The shooter wounded multiple people early Wednesday, including Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip, and a staff member from the office of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.
Hodgkinson is currently in custody.