In a story that is stunning America even in our tense partisan political times, a 66-year-old suspected gunman dies hours later from wounds inflicted on him after U.S. Capitol Police returned fire on the man who had sprayed a group of Republican Congressional members, their security detail and staff with bullets. James T. Hodgkinson was taken in to custody alive after being shot by U.S. Capitol Police, according to reports this morning from the scene. His death was first announced about 4 hours later by President Donald Trump during a televised national address calling for prayers for the 5 wounded victims who are expected to survive.
The shocking nature of the shooting, just after 7 o'clock am Eastern time today, at a park in Alexandria, Virginia is compounded by Hodgkinson's political beliefs which were virulently anti-Republican, according to social media posts connected to his identity. Earlier today, U.S. Senator and 2016 Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), confirmed that Hodgkinson was a volunteer to his political campaign and repudiated Hodgkinson's violent actions.