More Info on Congressional Baseball Shooter — Described as a 'Rude' Loner, Who 'Creeped Out' Bartenders
Wednesday morning, tragedy stuck at a park in Alexandria, Virginia, when a gunman opened fire on a group of congressman practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), among others, was shot.
Later that afternoon, it was reported that the sole shooter involved was 66-year-old Belleville, Illinois, resident James T. Hodgkinson, who was shot and killed on the scene.
New reports about the shooter have recently come to light, revealing that this may not have been an unfathomable act for the man to commit.
According to reports from ABC News, Hodgkinson campaigned for the Democratic Party and openly expressed his distaste for Trump and the Republican Party.
Over the last year, Hodgkinson regularly posted to social media, showcasing his hatred for Trump.
Once Trump won the election, Hodgkinson continued his protests, moving to Washington, D.C, where he lived out of his car so he could continue the fight, ABC New reports.
Before moving out to the nation's capital, Hodgkinson, a union tradesman with a home inspection business, had already exhibited some disturbing behavior.
In 2006, he found himself in a situation involving domestic battery and unlawful discharge of a shotgun, when he punched a woman in the face then used the wooden stock of a 12-gauge shotgun to hit the woman's boyfriend.
Later that year, the charges were dismissed, The Advocate reports.
Then in 2011, Hodgkinson attended an Occupy Wall Street protest in St. Louis, where he told a local source, according to USA Today:
"The 99% are getting pushed around and the 1% are just not giving a damn.
So we've got to speak up for the whole country."
While in Alexandria, Hodgkinson regularly visited Pork Barrel, a BBQ restaurant in Del Ray, Alexandria.
Bartender Jamie Craig, who worked at the restaurant said he would sit for hours, giving off an uncomfortable vibe:
“Most of the bartenders here are women,” and he “came off a little creepy, apparently.”
“I just remember him being extremely quiet, didn't really make eye contact.”
“I just kind of kept it light and easy talking to him, because he kind of gave me the creeps.”
While Kristina Scrimshaw, a fellow bartender at the Pork Barrel BBQ said of the shooter, according to The Advocate:
“I didn't like him from the beginning. Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person.”
According to former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, he thought Hodgkinson was homeless since that he wore the same clothes every day and appeared to be living out of his gym bag, The Advocate notes.
In fact, Euille looked at Hodgkinson as a very docile person:
“I never saw him get mad when people were talking good, bad or ugly about any of the political parties,” Euille told The Associated Press. “He was just a very calm, rational person, I thought.”
YMCA member Stephen Brennwald also told The Advocate that Hodgkinson kept to himself and appeared to be a “loner.”
The FBI is investigating the situation and is looking into Hodgkinson's exact motive.