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

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

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

A government official says the suspect in the Virgini. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded.

The wife of Virginia gunman James Hodgkinson who targeted a Republican party baseball practice match on Wednesday and critically injured GOP congressman Steve Scalise has spoken publicly for the first time about the shooting, telling reporters: "I can't believe he did this".

(AP Photo/ Ben Finley).

The shooter was identified as Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". The daughter refused and locked herself in a bedroom before Hodgkinson again forced his way in and "became violent", grabbing her by her hair and throwing her on the floor, according to the report.

Two guns possessed by Steve Scalise's shooter James T. Hodgkinson were purchased and possessed legally, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself. He told his wife that he was headed to Washington, D.C., "to work on taxes".

Back home in IL, neighbours complained to the police of his practising his shooting near their home.

Those on the far Right claim harsh rhetoric by Democrats and liberals over Republican President Donald Trump is creating this culture of violence. He said Hodgkinson spent most of his life building homes but in recent years turned to home inspections.

Or how about the professor who said Republicans must be executed and the president must hang?

Scalise had surgery on Thursday that a MedStar Washington Hospital Center statement said was related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

Mark's profile noted that Hodgkinson's brother, Michael, told The New York Times that the alleged gunman "wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff" and that the attack was "totally out of the blue".

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits.

In another post, Hodgkinson demanded the removal of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for "treason". He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight.

James Hodgkinson, 66, was arrested after a 2006 incident in which he was accused of beating his foster daughter, according to court records. He's faced a charge of battery, for example, but that was later dropped. He allegedly punched a woman who was a friend of the girl. Quick and heroic actions by a Capitol Police security detail and Alexandria Police thankfully averted others from being shot or killed. He dragged her out of the auto angrily. Suzanne Hodgkinson said she did not consider it odd that he left so abruptly, and maybe her husband just wanted a break. Hodgkinson fired the gun as the man retreated, although police said it wasn't clear if it was aimed at him.

"I think that the president contributed to this significantly", said Rep. James Clyburn of SC, the No. 3 House Democrat.

At the YMCA, Hodgkinson was nondescript: he always wore black trousers and golf shirts, sometimes beige, sometimes gray, sometimes black.

Sue Hodgkinson expressed her profound regret: "I'm sorry that he did this". And she was shocked by the news, says it was totally unexpected. He thought about asking a staffer about the man but never did, he said.

"Bobby, ' he said, 'I know him". He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined both were purchased legally, the FBI said Thursday.

Hodgkinson was not psychotic, according to his friends and acquaintances, although he apparently had anger issues. What did she say? "Various people told me that".

Salter reported from Belleville, Illinois.