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

Lillian Steele | 22 June, 2017, 10:20

"Law enforcement has reason to believe that the shooter has been in Alexandria, Va. area since March of this year".

This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Rep. Steve Scalise, was among those shot in Alexandria, Virginia. - Federal agents surrounded the St. Clair County home of James Hodgkinson.

This photo from Facebook shows James T. Hodgkinson.

The three other shooting victims are recovering at Washington hospitals.

Spicer says the president was also briefed by Scalise's medical team and spoke with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle during the attack on a Republican Congressional baseball practice.

He attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and through the end of past year worked for JTH Inspections, the Facebook page indicates. What did she say? "I'm sorry that he did this but there's nothing I can do about it".

Dozens of reporters have been stationed outside Hodgkinson's two-storey house on the outskirts of Belleville since he was first named in media reports on Wednesday morning. Zack Barth, a congressional aide, was shot in the calf, treated and released from a hospital. All of the sudden, I heard a couple of shots.

"Republicans and Democrats need to use this day today to stand together and say stop", he said.

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.

While in Alexandria, Hodgkinson regularly visited Pork Barrel, a BBQ restaurant in Del Ray, Alexandria. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", he said. And he was just as politically active online as he was in person.

Suzanne Hodgkinson said she didn't want to comment on her husband's political views, but said she was not on the best terms with him.

Sue Hodgkinson said when he prepared to leave Illinois, James sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses. His Facebook page shows that he was a fan of Vermont Sen.

The fervent Bernie Sanders support also shared many articles and images in support of the defeated Democratic presidential hopeful.

Investigators may get some clues as to Hodgkinson's motivation by talking to family members and others who knew him.

A search of online newspapers show that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

"Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

Later that year, the charges were dismissed The Advocate reports.

In a December 28, 2011 letter, Hodgkinson wrote: "There's a new version of what GOP stands for".

"He used to take a log and attach it to the back of his truck and clear the snow for all the neighbors", Widel said. When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into or on a cornfield.

"We're going to look over our shoulder a little bit", she said.

The deputy cautioned Hodgkinson about doing such shooting around homes, given that the rounds can travel up to a mile.

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