Another day, another dim-o-crat goes crazy and tries to murder Americans. Think for just a moment…if the U.S. had NO liberals, we would have almost NO crime.
- 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 an assault charge for punching his female neighbor as she tried to protect his daughter from him in 2006
- 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 51-year-old 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
- Thursday’s game, which the men were practicing for, will go ahead as planned despite the shooting
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 history of violence.
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 also shot but both are expected to recover.
Hodgkinson was a staunch Sanders supporter and campaigned for the left-wing senator to get the Democratic nomination for president last year.
He ranted against President Trump on social media and had previously described The Rachel Maddow Show as his favorite thing on TV.
The married union tradesman threatened to ‘destroy’ the president, whom he called a ‘traitor’ on social media – but was not known to Secret Service.
Shortly after 7am on Wednesday, he opened fire from behind the third base dugout as the group of GOP figures practiced batting on the field in preparation for a charity baseball game against Democrats which is scheduled for Thursday night.
Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina spoke with him moments before the shooting.
They told how the shooter approached them and asked if they were Republican or Democrat. He walked away after being told they were members of the GOP, Duncan said.
The pair escaped his bloody rampage and only identified him as the shooter after seeing his photograph in the news.
Two Capitol Police officers who were accompanying Scalise were the only other armed people on the scene. They returned fire with their pistols but were shot themselves.
As bullets flew across the field, the congressmen fled to a dugout and huddled on top of one another, using their belts as makeshift tourniquets to treat the wounds of those who were shot.
Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was shot in the leg but is expected to recover. The two Capitol Police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, are also expected to make a full recovery.
Mika was also injured and is in hospital while Scalise is in critical condition at MedStar Washington Center after undergoing emergency surgery on his hip.
Sen. Rand Paul, who was also there but as not hurt, described the scene as a ‘killing field’. Rep. Mark Walker said the gunman seemed intent on murdering ‘as many Republicans as possible.’