Handel has canceled her public events for tonight.
Her Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, described the Facebook post as “sickening.”
“I condemn this appalling act of violence committed, obviously, by a disturbed individual,” Ossoff said. “The country is united right now in our prayers for those who are fighting for their lives and our appreciation of those who saved lives.”
Hodgkinson local newspaper, The Belleville News-Democrat, reported that he frequently wrote letters to the paper protesting against Republicans and tax policies and supporting the legalization of marijuana.
Trump’s election as president was disturbing to Hodgkinson, who had also traveled recently to Washington to participate in protests, his brother told The New York Times.
“I know he wasn’t happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff,” Michael Hodgkinson said.
Reports say that the shooter asked congressmen whether they were Republicans or Democrats before the shooting began.
Hodgkinson also apparently worked as a volunteer with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign and filed a number posts on Facebook opposing Trump.
Sanders responded to Wednesday’s shooting by saying he was “sickened by this despicable act.”
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When asked about Hodgkinson’s Facebook post in an interview Wednesday morning, Gov. Nathan Deal said he was “not one to try to presume what the motivations are.”
“I just know that we live in an environment in which anyone who is involved in political life is subject to being attacked,” he said. “That’s something we have never anticipated, perhaps years ago, but it now becomes a reality with events like this.”
Deal continued, “It requires all of us to be vigilant — but it’s the type of random act that no one can really prepare for.”
The same man also reportedly shared a political cartoon by Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich on his Facebook account last month.
Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.