On Wednesday morning the country witnessed yet another mass shooting. What is being relayed as a single gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. age 66, fired fifty rounds from (reportedly) an M4 assault styled semi-automatic rifle into the the GOP congressional baseball team out practicing for the upcoming scheduled game between Republicans and Democrats. Early reporting from agencies such as Fox News, Breitbart and the Drudge Report claimed the gunman had asked if the team was Republican or Democrat, and even claimed the shooter said he wanted to kill as many Republicans as possible. These claims have since been debunked. The FBI says there is no early indication of political motive, though it is being cited as a deliberate attack. The gentleman who reportedly asked who was practicing was not the shooter. Pres. Trump states the gunman was killed. I will append this article as information is confirmed.
According to a morning press briefing by the FBI and CNN reports, among the injured are House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, two unidentified Capital Police Officers, one unidentified Congressional Staffer, and Matt Mika, who is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods. Capital Police, as part of a security detail, are said to have returned fire and neutralized Hodgkinson.
Here is the last public posting from Hodgkinson on Facebook yesterday morning:
That’s Exactly How It Works…..
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