Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

St. Clair County Ill. Sheriff's Department shows James T. Hodgkinson. Officials said Hodgkinson has been identified as the man who opened fire on Republican lawm

Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday was carrying a handwritten list of House Republicans' names, NBC News' Pete Williams reports.

Though no other legal problems are listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as last spring.

The FBI said in a joint statement with other law enforcement agencies Friday that it is continuing to process evidence in an effort to determine a motive in the shooting. His social media showed an intense opposition to the GOP and Donald Trump, and he had reportedly volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa.

The handwritten list reportedly included the names of Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, who were all at the baseball practice, according to NBC News and CNN.

"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off", said lifelong friend Dale Walsh, 65. Brooks was still present on the field when Hodgkinson began shooting with a rifle, wounding four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

According to the Guardian, when she was asked if she'd like to say something to the victims, Sue Hodgkinson replied, "I don't even know who was shot".

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Stephen Brennwald, another YMCA member, said he never saw Hodgkinson talk to anyone and figured the man was a "loner".

Duncan said he spoke with Hodgkinson briefly before the shooting, when the would-be assassin asked him in the parking lot if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

He spewed left-wing talking points on Facebook, consistently railing against Republicans and the wealthy.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", the shooter's brother told the newspaper.

Suzanne Hodgkinson said that her husband had moved to the Washington, D.C., area in March to "work with people to change the tax brackets".

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