Update: CNN is reporting that Steve Scalise and a congressional lobbyist are in critical condition.
Update: It has been confirmed that James T. Hodgkinson was a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders presidential primary campaign. Senator Bernie Sanders has issued an official statement.
Update: James T. Hodgkinson has died from injuries sustained while being apprehended.
US Congressman Steve Scalise, who is the Republican Majority Whip, was shot at the Congressional Republican baseball team practice in Alexandria, VA today. Four other victims were shot. The other victims include some of Scalise’s congressional aids.
The shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, IL. On Facebook he was a huge supporter of Bernie Sanders and “Democratic Socialism.” He has dozens of timeline posts supporting Sander’s presidential primary run.
He is also a huge supporter of MSNBC, especially Rachel Maddow. He belongs to Facebook groups based around spewing vitriol at Republicans. Such as “The Path To Hell is Paved by Republicans.”
One of Hodgkinson’s timeline posts was “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
He also supported the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC]. This is the far-left group that was responsible for a major hoax claim that Steve Scalise spoke at a conference organized by David Duke. Even the liberal New Orleans Times-Picayune defended Scalise and disputed the SPLC’s hoax. Nevertheless, the SPLC continued to repeat the falsehood after it was disproven.
The following screen shots are from the shooter’s Facebook page.