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Prosecutor: Scalise Shooting an Anti-GOP ‘Act of Terrorism’
Detailed report from investigator finds Hodgkinson was determined to kill as many civilians as possible
by Margaret Menge - Lifezette
The prosecutor for the city of Alexandria released a 39-page report Friday on an investigation into the June 14 congressional baseball shooting, calling the attack by Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson an “act of terrorism” that was fueled by rage against Republicans.
Hodgkinson, wrote the commonwealth’s attorney for Alexandria, Bryan L. Sanders, “held strong political opinions and was very unhappy about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” Having recently stopped working, he was spending a great deal of time on social media, the report says, and “using it to express his political views, such as his strong support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.”
The investigation was done jointly with the FBI, the City of Alexandria Police Department, and the United States Capitol Police to determine whether or not the law enforcement officers were justifiable in their use of deadly force. Hodgkinson was shot and killed by Capitol Police and Alexandria police officers after firing 70 rounds and seriously injuring Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressman representing Louisiana's 1st Congressional District.
The report found that all four officers involved were justified in their use of deadly force.