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Congressional baseball practice shooting

Baseball gunman reportedly identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois

The gunman who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning has reportedly been identified as an Illinois man named James T. Hodgkinson, The Washington Post reports, based on information from law enforcement officials.

Hodgkinson, 66, "owns a home inspection business," the Post writes, adding that Hodgkinson "was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were dismissed, records show."

Restaurant owner Charles Orear, who spoke with the Post, knows Hodgkinson through work they did together in Iowa on Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Orear described Hodgkinson as "more on the really progressive side of things," as well as being "a quiet guy" and "very mellow, very reserved."

Law enforcement officials said in a press conference Wednesday morning that the shooter's motive and condition are unknown. Jeva Lange