Gunman who shot top GOP congressman had history of arrests

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

As details emerge on the shooter who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the Congressional baseball game in Virginia Wednesday morning, it appears he may have volunteered for Sen.

A St. Louis area restaurant manager, Charles Orear, said that he had met James T. Hodgkinson "on the Bernie (Sanders) trail in Iowa", the report said.

Hodgkinson was among those taken to a hospital Wednesday, and President Trump announced that he had died from "his injuries".

In an official statement, Sanders said that he had heard that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his presidential campaign.

He says that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

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The other profile has a profile photo with an image of Bernie Sanders as Uncle Sam. We never interacted with him.

One woman who lived near Hodgkinson's house in Belleville, in rural southern IL, described him as weird and said she sometimes heard him screaming.

"Republicans Hate Women, Minorities, Working Class People, & Most All (99%) of the People of the Country", he wrote on May 26. "This individual was not on our radar". A web page on Yelp indicates that Hodgkinson had been doing home inspections since 1994 and had 30 years experience in construction and remodeling as a general contractor, and that he worked in both Missouri and IL. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), who witnessed the attack, said at least 50 shots were fired from a semi-automatic rifle. Both he and the two police officers shot are expected to recover.

The special agent in charge of the FBI's investigation said there was no immediate indication of the shooter's motive, and that it was too early to tell if Republicans were targeted.

Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle but the charges were later dismissed, records show.

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