Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Social media posts shed light on James Hodgkinson

Social media posts shed light on James Hodgkinson

It didn't take long for battle lines to be drawn and blame to be cast following the Wednesday shooting at the Congressional Republicans' baseball practice.

Bernie Sanders says the man who shot a congressman and four other people was apparently a volunteer on his losing 2016 presidential campaign.

A senior US official named the gunman as James T. Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois.

Former classmate Tom Calhoun said Hodgkinson liked sports and was on the wrestling team but other than that he can't really pinpoint anything he was passionate about.

The shooter hailed from Belleville, Illinois, though his wife told ABC News that he had been living in Alexandria for the past two months. He later died of his injuries, President Donald Trump told the nation from the White House.

Trump won the USA presidential election in November. He had been a vocal opponent of the Republican Party.

"Trump is a Traitor". Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. "It's time to destroy Trump and Co". His profile picture was a United States flag with the slogan: "Democratic Socialism explained in 3 words: 'We the People'".

"We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director-government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria", Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman, said in a statement.

Hodgkinson recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia.

On Wednesday, Senator Sanders publicly acknowledged that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his presidential campaign a year ago, but he denounced the violence as "despicable". "In a statement, Sanders condemned the shooting as a despicable act".

The Republican lawmaker who represented Hodgkinson's hometown said he was "always angry" about the GOP agenda, but "never crossed the line". "I can not believe it", she said.

Bill Schaumleffel recalled that he heard loud shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said.

In 2006, he was arrested on a battery charge after allegedly punching a woman in the face, then striking her boyfriend in the head with the wooden stock of a 12-gauge shotgun before firing a round at the man, according to a sheriff's department report.

Most of the infractions were ultimately dropped.

IL business records show that the suspect owned JTH Inspections, which he claimed to have operated for more than 30 years. His license to appraise real estate expired in 1997.

Orear described Hodgkinson as a "quiet guy" who was "very mellow, very reserved" when they stayed overnight at the home of a Sanders supporter in Rock Island, Illinois, after canvassing for the Vermont senator.

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