Shooter of Republican lawmakers a fan of leftist Sanders

The suspect who authorities say fired on Republican lawmakers as they played baseball on Wednesday raged against Republican US President Donald Trump on social media and idolised Bernie Sanders, who he viewed as the only politician who understood the working class.

The suspect in the shooting of a Congressman in Virginia is identified as IL man named James T. Hodgkinson.

More recently, on Monday, he was busy on Facebook, sharing four separate memes and news stories about President Donald Trump.

At the time police recovered a pocket knife, hair they say was pulled out of his girlfriend's head and a 12-gauge shotgun at the scene.

An acquaintance of the man who shot at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday morning said he was "shocked" to hear about the incident.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has been Scalise's Washington, D.C., roommate for about eight years.

Wounded Congressman Scalise needs several more surgeries, hospital says
A bystander with a cellphone camera happened to be recording at the time the first shots started, and captured the event. Brad Wenstrup, an army veteran, later told an aide the shooting was "like being in Iraq again, only without his weapon".

Over the years, Hodgkinson has had multiple scrapes with local police and disputes with neighbors and his daughter, records show.

The shooter opened fire on Republican members of Congress Wednesday morning as they practiced for the Congressional Baseball Game in Virginia.

Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip.

On Wednesday, Senator Sanders publicly acknowledged that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his presidential campaign past year, but he denounced the violence as "despicable".

Hodgkinson also apparently volunteered for Sanders campaign in Iowa during the 2016 campaign. Witnesses said Hodgkinson forced his way into the home looking for his daughter and grabbed her by the hair when he found her upstairs, according to a police narrative on file with St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.

However, the left find themselves in the unhappy position of having a mass shooting that they can not blame on anyone else.

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Sessions had told lawmakers at his confirmation hearing in January that he hadn't met with Russians during the campaign. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense".

Authorities believe Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a cargo van and not working, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said. "I do think that things have become very partisan and very hardened in the country today", he said.

The Washington Post first reported the suspect's identity. "Many, many, many thousands of people came through the Sanders campaign offices".

David Gomez, a veteran of the FBI's profiling unit and senior fellow at George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, said it's vital to find out if and when Hodgkinson took a personal hit that could be tied to his larger political grievances, such as losing health insurance or employment.

Scalise is now undergoing surgery.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone".

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted early Wednesday that she had spoken to Capitol Police and that the officers "will be ok".

Cellphone video captures gunshots as Congress members were shot at in Alexandria
The assailant later died from injuries he received during the shooting , President Donald Trump announced from the White House. James Hodgkinson , 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was the alleged shooter , and was pronounced dead Wednesday morning.

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