The gunman who was killed by cops after opening fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, the president’s 71st birthday, was a Trump-hating Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter with a long criminal history.
- James Hodgkinson, 66, died in hospital after being shot by Capitol Police at the baseball field in Virginia
- He was a staunch Democrat who documented his hatred for President Trump on social media pages
- Hodgkinson moved from his home in Illinois to Virginia two months ago and had been living out of his car
- He has a long criminal history which includes punching a woman in the face in 2006 and disrupting police
- Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, is in a critical condition after being shot by the gunman at 7am
- He was taking part in a GOP practice session with other politicians when Hodgkinson opened fire on them
- Two Capitol Police officers who were there to protect Scalise bravely returned fire on the gunman
- They were injured along with lobbyist Matt Mika and congressional staffer Zachary Barth but all are expected to recover
Lawmaker Steve Scalise critically injured in GOP baseball shooting; gunman James T. Hodgkinson dies in custody
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, was killed by Capitol Police after firing up to 100 rounds from an assault rifle at a baseball park in Alexandria, Virginia, leaving five injured including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at 7am on Wednesday.
Scalise’s condition worsened throughout the afternoon and was deemed critical by hospital staff after he he was released from emergency surgery on his hip.
Two Capitol Police officers were shot as they bravely returned fire on Hodgkinson while the lawmakers scrambled across the field to safety. Congressional staffer Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika were shot but both are expected to recover.