House Majority Whip shooter identified as Belleville man, dead


House Minority Whip Steve Scalise

By Cory Ray

According to The Washington Post, the shooter of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville.

President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died just hours after the shooting.

In a March 22 post on Hodgkinson’s Facebook, he said, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”


Hodgkinson listed SIUE  as a former place of study on his Facebook.

Hodgkinson is accused of shooting Scalise on Wednesday along with two police officers and three congressional staff members, according to Sen. Rand Paul.

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