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Suspect In Shooting Of GOP Congressmen Identified As James Hodgkinson

By in Huffington Post on June 14, 2017

By Nick Baumann

Police have identified James Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois as the man who allegedly fired dozens of shots at Republican members of Congress on Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, law enforcement told The Washington Post and NBC News.

President Donald Trump said later in the morning that Hodgkinson sustained fatal injuries during the incident. Law enforcement officials had not confirmed that. The suspect reportedly was wounded when Capitol Police officers returned fire.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip while the lawmakers practiced for the annual congressional charity baseball game, authorities said. Five people, including the suspect, were transported to a local hospital.

“It would have been a massacre” if Capitol Police hadn’t been on the scene, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told MSNBC.

.@HouseDemocrats praying for our @HouseGOP @SenateGOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting. https://t.co/y2HEUaSuzd pic.twitter.com/6HBrlnxtey

— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017

Authorities haven’t determined whether the attack was politically motivated, Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said Wednesday during a press conference.

Hodgkinson was arrested in 2006 “on suspicion of battery, domestic battery, criminal damage of property and reckless discharge of a firearm,” according to The Daily Beast, but the charges were dismissed. NBC News reported that at the time, police recovered a pocket knife, 12-gauge shotgun and hair said to be pulled from his girlfriend’s head.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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