James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., has been identified as the alleged suspect in the shooting that took place on Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va.
Mo Brooks rode his bicycle to the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday to practice for the upcoming congressional charity baseball game.
The Republican congressman from Huntsville, a former all-city baseball player in high school, was looking forward to it. It was a relief, he said, from the pressures of lawmaking.
“If you ever see the movie ‘The Rookie,’ it’s kind of like that,” Brooks said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “You get to play baseball and get to set aside the stress of the moment for all the policy challenges our nation faces.”
The congressman plays outfield and said he usually spends time in left field for fielding practice. But Wednesday, Brooks decided to go in early for batting practice. He walked to home plate, toward the fencing of the park, about 10 to 15 feet high.
Brooks waited for his turn while Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., took his swings. Brooks was standing on the third base line. Davis finished up his time at the plate, and Brooks was about to take his.
Then, from behind, he heard an…
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