Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

James Hodgkinson 66 of Bellevile Illinois was identified as the suspect in a shooting Wednesday morning

According to the FBI, Hodgkinson began shooting at around 7:09 AM EST on June 14 and officers arrived at approximately 7:12 AM and the suspect was engaged by law enforcement at 7:14 AM.

According to his Facebook page, Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Sanders, the feisty independent who nearly defeated Hillary Clinton a year ago in a tough fight for the Democratic White House nomination. Hodgkinson had been in the Virginia area since March.

James Hodgkinson is the Belleville man who shot a congressman and three others Wednesday during practice for the baseball game.

(Kaley Johnson/Belleville News-Democrat via AP).

Sue Hodgkinson, the accused gunman's wife, told reporters Thursday she was shocked by her husband's actions, saying, "I can't believe he did this".

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where USA laws are made.

She said she wasn't sure if there had been a catalyst for him leaving.

As an area native, Robishaw is familiar with numerous homeless men and women in the neighborhood, and had not seen him before three weeks ago.

It's an attack which sent several to the hospital including two Capitol police officers and Congressman Steve Scalise. And it was at that auto shop that his anger flared during small talk with the mechanic.

Posts from a year ago show he was adamantly opposed to Clinton, and, after the election, to President Donald Trump.

Davis, who was at bat at the time of the shooting, said he hopes Wednesday marks a turning point in how lawmakers engage in the future.

"It's just very freaky to think that this guy who was just sitting in there for weeks, not really doing anything, actually turned out to shoot at people", Brennwald told Reuters. His voice got loud and deep.

The business of the House was resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police.

For a man given to passionate political tirades against conservatives and the "super rich", in his social media postings, Hodgkinson seems to have taken little interest in local politics, which lean toward the conservative side of the Democratic spectrum and have for decades, according to St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook.

It was not clear if Hodgkinson had planned the attack, or for how long.

The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.

The shooter's widow refused to answer questions about her husband's politics.

Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was taken to the hospital, where he died.

In 2006, Hodgkinson was arrested on assault charges and threatening someone with a shotgun. He allegedly punched a woman who was a friend of the girl.

After getting out of a black SUV that drove down Rolling Hills Lane from the Hodgkinson home, Sue Hodgkinson stood next to a federal agent in front of a gaggle of reporters.

Years later, another one of his teenage foster daughters accused him of abuse.

A half-dozen patrons gathered at the tavern Thursday afternoon for the $1 taco special and to shoot pool said Hodgkinson didn't hang out there and wasn't known to them.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, said in a telephone interview shortly after he received the news Wednesday. "I can't wrap my head around it", Hodgkinson said. Even his email address was basic: hodg@att.net. She said she feels "horrible" about what happened. And she was shocked by the news, says it was totally unexpected. He thought about asking a staffer about him but never did.

"I'm shaken up", Duncan said.

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