Alleged Shooter Volunteered During Sen. Sanders Presidential Campaign, Vermont's Delegation Reacts

The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL home.

It was April 2006 in Belleville, Illinois, and Hodgkinson's temper had flared to frightening proportions after he had gone looking for his teenage foster daughter at her friend's house.

"Trump is a Traitor. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

"Republicans are the Taliban of the United States of America", he posted in February. He married and lived in the town with his wife.

Trump confirmed during a White House address that Hodgkinson died following injuries he incurred from a shootout with Capitol Police on the scene. And he was just as politically active online as he was in person. He was a volunteer for Sen. He was passionate about tax hikes on the rich and universal health care.

Hodgkinson, 66, a resident of Belleville, Illinois, filled his Facebook page with screeds against Trump and past year against Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who won the nomination but lost the general election to Trump.

In one public post on May 24, he signed a petition to "Stop the NEXUS Pipeline" in MI and Ohio. Check back for updates.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", the Vermont senator said of the attack by a gunman identified by NBC sources as James T. Hodgkinson.

His favorite movie? The documentary "Inequality for All", featuring progressive economist Robert Reich. They included the gunman, according to the Washington Post. But when he forwarded some possibilities, Hodgkinson said he didn't have a bachelor's degree.

That's when Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home. Records show the case was dismissed later that year, though it's unclear why.

Hodgkinson also apparently made several negative comments about Republicans, including one about the Republican candidate for the vacant House seat in Georgia, Karen Handel: "Republican B**** Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go!"

Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St. Louis, told The Washington Post that he became friendly with Hodgkinson during Sanders' presidential campaign, describing him as a "quiet guy" who was "very mellow, very reserved". The message was accompanied by a cartoon depiction of Scalise.

In a series of letters to the editor in the paper in 2012, Hodgkinson spoke against Republican policies, arguing against tax cuts for the wealthy. Republicans also control both chambers of Congress.

A deputy responded shortly after 3:05 p.m. and found that Hodgkinson "did have in his possession a valid Illinois FOID [firearms owner identification] card", and that the deputy advised Hodgkinson "to not discharge his weapon in the area". The state does not require firearm owners to register their firearms, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Unlike some liberals, Sanders has a complicated record on guns.

However, Hodgkinson had no hunting permits in Illinois, according to Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

"He was always happy-go-lucky", said Dale Walsh, who grew up with Hodgkinson in Belleville.

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