The man who allegedly opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, NBC News reported on Wednesday.
In a news conference, President Donald Trump said the assailant in the shooting is now dead. NBC reported the assailant died later Wednesday morning.
Hodgkinson was a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois, which is in the southern part of the state near St. Louis, NBC News reported, citing federal law enforcement officials.
Court records examined by NBC News show that he had a history of arrests and was charged in 2006 with assaulting his girlfriend. Police recovered a shotgun from Hodgkinson following that arrest.
More recently, police responded to a "shots fired" call in Hodgkinson's hometown in March of this year. Hodgkinson was found with a weapon in his possession and a valid Illinois firearms license. The police report indicates that he was advised not to fire his weapon in an area with homes nearby.
Below is a photo of Hodgkinson: