‘Hit List’ of Republican Politicians Found With Alexandria Gunman, James Hodgkinson
FBI Examining James Hodgkinson’s ‘Hit List’
Alexandria, VA – A list of Republican politicians was found on the the body of Alexandria gunman James Hodgkinson after he was killed during a shootout with Capitol police, according to Fox News.
Four people were shot during the rampage at Republican baseball practice for the Congressional game on June 14. Among those shot was Louisiana Congressman Stephen Scalise. Hodgkinson was killed in the gunfight with Capitol police.
After the incident, the FBI found a handwritten “hit list” with Hodgkinson. The politicians listed are known members of the conservative Freedom Caucus. On the list were: Representative Scot DesJarlais (R-TN), Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL), and Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA).
Both Representative Jeff Duncan and Representative Mo Brooks were at the baseball practice when the shootout occurred. Representative Duncan said that he spoke with Hodgkinson before practice that day. They were in the parking lot, and Hodgkinson asked him if ‘the players on the field were Republican or Democrat’, according to The Daily Caller.
There may be no way to confirm if the “hit list” was indeed a list of Hogkinson’s intended targets.
The FBI seized other items during a search of Hodgkinson’s van, including a cell phone, a computer, and a camera. These items are still being analyzed.
Hodgkinson’s social media profile show that he was ‘violent and angry’, and hated Republicans. He also belonged to a group called ‘Terminate the Republican Party.’ He appeared to focus mostly on economic and tax policy, and appeared most upset about economic inequality.
Police believe that Hodgkinson acted alone, in what is being referred to as “a pre-meditated” attempt to kill the politicians. He has a previous criminal history which includes arrests for battery and drunken driving, but the charges were later dropped.
The attack has left many DC politicians questioning their safety. Representative Barry Loudermilk, R-Georgia, is submitting a proposal that states that politicians who are authorized to conceal carry a weapon in their home state would also be able to in Washington, which currently does not recognize concealed carry permits from other states, according to The Washington Examiner.
The FBI is conducting the investigation, and has contacted each politician on the list.