The man who allegedly opened fire at a congressional baseball game practice on Wednesday has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, according to multiple news reports.
NEW: Shooter identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, IL. Believed to be 66 or 67. via @PeteWilliamsNBC
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 14, 2017
A reported acquaintance of the alleged shooter, Charles Orear, told the Washington Post that he remembers campaigning for Bernie Sanders with Hodgkinson:
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Orear said when told by phone. “I met him on the Bernie trail in Iowa, worked with him in the Quad Cities area.”
Orear described Hodgkinson as a “quiet guy” who was “very mellow, very reserved” when they stayed overnight at a Sanders’s supporter home in Rock Island, Ill., after canvassing for the senator.
The gunman reportedly shot and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), a staffer, and three law enforcement officers. The shooter was also shot and taken into custody.
The FBI has taken over the shooting investigation. The FBI said Wednesday it was too early to determine a motive and whether GOP congressmen were specifically targeted by the shooter.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information.