Left-wing terrorist James T. Hodgkinson had an assassination list of conservative House members in his pocket, according to an exclusive report in The Daily Caller.
Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican congressmen and staffers during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others. The FBI recovered a list of Republican names in his pocket, according to law enforcement sources, strongly suggesting that the attack was a premeditated mass assassination attempt.
The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed.
The FBI has contacted at least one of the three congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list.
All three reps on the list are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the chamber’s most conservative members. Both Duncan and Brooks attended Wednesday’s baseball practice, but were not wounded in the attack.
Duncan said Hodgkinson asked him in the parking lot moments before the shooting if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats. Duncan, who was in the process of leaving, told the would-be assassin that the players were Republicans.
Brooks was still on the field when Hodgkinson began his shooting rampage.
According to an FBI statement issued on Thursday, agents also recovered a cell phone, a computer, and a camera in the shooter’s van.
A 66-year-old progressive who volunteered on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Hodgkinson’s social media profile was filled with violent-sounding rhetoric against the Republican Party. “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co,” Hodgkinson wrote in one post. He also belonged to several anti-GOP groups on Facebook, including one called “Terminate The Republican Party.” The members of that group celebrated Hodgkinson’s mass assassination.
Hodgkinson’s wife of almost 30 years told reporters on Thursday that her husband had moved to the Washington, D.C., area in March “to work with people to change the tax brackets.”
The Hodgkinsons were foster parents of a girl who committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself ablaze. Several years later, they lost custody of another teen girl after Hodgkinson was accused of abusing her.