Now that James T. Hodgkinson was identified as the shooter in Alexandria, Virginia, as reported by the Washington Post, more information from Hodgkinson’s Facebook and Twitter pages is being gleaned to try and ascertain his state of mind. As reported by the Inquisitr, Hodgkinson published politically motivated tweets on Twitter, and his Facebook page used a photo of Bernie Sanders as his Facebook banner photo.
According to President Donald Trump, Hodgkinson is now dead, as the president reported during his statement about the shooting on CNN. According to KLTV 7, James made rants against President Trump on Hodgkinson’s social media pages.
“Trump and company need to be destroyed.”
At this point, officials are still attempting to gain access to the phone records of Hodgkinson, as well as his computer data in order to learn more about the motive of Hodgkinson allegedly conducting such a heinous crime. Hodgkinson had a clear view of the baseball field prior to opening fire on his victims before Capitol Police officers engaged the shooter, took the shooter down, and eliminated the threat.
First Lady Melania Trump used Twitter to thank the first responders for their quick response to help those that were hurt in the shooting, as reported by the Inquisitr.
— FRANCIS K S LIM (@cgnetwork) June 14, 2017
As reported by Google Maps, Hodgkinson allegedly opened fire on the baseball field that is only a 21-minute drive from the White House. With news about James being an anti-Trump person prior to his death, the proximity to the White House caused officials to tighten security at the White House.
James T. Hodgkinson Facebook, Twitter Photos: Virginia Shooter Has Bernie Sanders Facebook Profile Pictures https://t.co/61YYocUC6z
— Digitally Contented (@DContented) June 14, 2017
As seen in the following video from Fox Business, Hodgkinson may have used a white van as a point from which he shot his victims. Witnesses described the shooter as a heavyset white male, who was moving lethargically. Hodgkinson was a 66-year-old man, who is being investigated over whether he conducted an assassination attempt, or whether he suffered from mental illness.
Rep. Johnson on Scalise shooting: I made a mental note of a white van in area https://t.co/5eMW2eH9cO
— Jeffery Hays (@jefferyhayg) June 14, 2017
If Hodgkinson drove from his Illinois home in order to conduct the shootings, James would have driven more than 800 miles to shoot his victims. Being only 21 minutes away from the White House is a harrowing thought for those commenting on the anti-Trump shooter’s Facebook page.
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