Source: Alexandria gunman had a list of names at time of shooting

WASHINGTON — The man who opened fire on Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday morning had a list of names on him at the time, a source confirmed to WTOP.

James Hodgkinson had a handwritten note on him at the time of the shooting that contained about five names and descriptions, a credible federal law enforcement source confirmed to WTOP’s JJ Green. The source did not disclose the names that were on the list, however Fox News reports that the list included all the members of the House Freedom Caucus.

It is not yet clear if the names on the list were intended targets, the source said. FBI has neither confirmed nor denied the report.

The 66-year-old of Belleville, Illionis, opened fire early Wednesday morning at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where GOP lawmakers were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game. Hodgkinson wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and several others.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot during an exchange of gunfire with police during the rampage.

“This is a very significant development because it’s a part of the reason why authorities are trying to take their time and work through this because they want to know if he had any other contact with anyone and done any other surveillance on any other places,” Green said on WTOP.

Hodgkinson had been living out of a white cargo van in area near the ballpark since March and was not working, officials said Wednesday.

The FBI wants to speak with anyone Hodgkinson knew personally or who encountered him while he was traveling to Virginia. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI and choose option No. 1 or go online to

WTOP’s JJ Green contributed to this report.

This story has been updated to include a report from Fox News that James Hodgkinson’s list included the names of members of the House Freedom Caucus.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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