Illinois Man, 66, Identified as Suspect in Virginia Shooting


One letter that Hodgkinson wrote in 2011 stated: "It's time for the Republican congressmen to grow up. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", one of the pages posted in March.

Trump called for national unity in the wake of the shooting, as did House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

In a press conference, President Trump announced the shooting suspect has died from his injuries.

One witness said she never saw the attacker's face but cowered in fear as the sound of the gunshots appeared to come closer, as she walked her dogs near the baseball field.

Hodgkinson was spotted regularly over the past several weeks at the YMCA next to the site of the shooting, sitting with a computer in the lobby or at a table in an exercise area that looked out onto the baseball field.

That's when Schaumleffel called the St. Clair Sheriff's Office. He apparently volunteered for the presidential campaign of Sen.

Those who knew Hodgkinson say he was unhappy with the political direction of the country but they never expected him to turn violent.

A bartender at the Pork Barrel BBQ in Alexandria said Hodgkinson started coming in for beers about a month ago.

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The Washington Post reports that a fellow Sanders volunteer remembered Hodgkinson as "very mellow, very reserved" when they overnighted at the home of another Sanders supporter in Rock Island, Illinois after canvassing for the campaign. Sanders released a statement on Wednesday saying he was "sickened by this despicable act". "I just want to let people know that he wasn't evil, that he was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics that are going on". "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", the senator said.

Local law enforcement was aware of him for a series of minor incidents. It's lots of farmland, acres of corn and soybean fields. "He was always happy-go-lucky", said Dale Walsh, who grew up with Hodgkinson in Belleville.

Hodgkinson, 66, was fatally shot by police during the attack. He told his wife that he was headed to Washington, D.C., "to work on taxes". Before James Hodgkinson traveled to Virginia, he lived in the town of Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.

They said he pretty much kept to himself but was nice, he would wave when people passed by and invite everyone to his Halloween party.

This photo from Facebook shows James T. Hodgkinson.

Later, Joel Fernandez, the boyfriend of the woman who was punched, went to Hodgkinson's home to confront him.

Watson said the deputy on Wednesday recalled Hodgkinson being "very cordial".

Mr Hodgkinson was charged with multiple counts of domestic battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm in 2006, though those charges were dismissed. Police also recovered a 12-guage shotgun. The vast majority of the cases are traffic violations and almost all of the cases were later dismissed.