This is James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who has been identified as the shooter in today’s tragedy. He is from Belleville, Illinois and appears a political activist. He is the owner of JTH Inspections. He has a criminal record, including battery.
Judging from a Facebook page for a user named James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, he appears a critic of both President Donald Trump and Republicans. He is shown here calling for higher taxes and he appears to be wearing a t-shirt wih the word “Republican” on it.
He appears a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders and volunteered on this campaign. Sanders has denounced him and his actions.
Hodgkinson wrote such messages as “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” Just two days ago, he wrote “I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office,” He is also a critic of Hillary Clinton who he referred to as “Republican Lite.” Indeed, he wrote “You’ve been warned DNC. I will NEVER vote Hillary. A nomination for Hillary equals a win for Trump. #NOTWithHer.”
The hatred for Republicans is obvious. In October 2015 he wrote “Thieving Republican Congress Strikes Again!!!”