According to anonymous sources that spoke to the Daily Caller, James T. Hodgkinson had a “kill list” in his possession when he attempted to murder Republican members of Congress who were practicing for a charity baseball game.
The list reportedly had three members of Congress on it, and they were all on the “Freedom Caucus” of conservative Republicans.
If the report is true, it would substantiate the theory that he was motivated by political hostility to Republicans. Hodgkinson had posted a multitude of messages on social media absolutely excoriating President Trump and Republicans, and he was found to have volunteered on Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
The Daily Caller says they confirmed that the three members on the list were Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks. None of the offices of the members commented on the report when contacted.
Bernie Sanders addressed the news that the shooter had been his supporter by disavowing the violence from the Senate floor. “I am sickened by this despicable act, and let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”
In addition to the social media trail of bilious messages against Republicans, Hodgkinson had a long history of disturbing violence involving his foster daughters.
He was discovered to have been living out of his van before the Arlington shooting. FBI agents say they found a cell phone, a computer and a camera in the van.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) remains in critical condition with a massive injury to his internal organs from being shot through the hips.