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

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

"I don't want to answer these questions about his politics", she said.

A former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer who hated President Trump opened fire on Republicans during baseball practice Wednesday.

One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits. She added she didn't notice any sign that he was going to commit any kind of crime, and did not know he took his guns with him when they left. Quick and heroic actions by a Capitol Police security detail and Alexandria Police thankfully averted others from being shot or killed. Hodgkinson moved from Belleville to Alexandria, Virginia, not long after Schaumleffel's "shots fired" call, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined both were purchased legally, the FBI said Thursday. A congressional staffer was shot in the leg but was released from a hospital. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. Bernie Sanders, who past year made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Exasperated and seemingly at a loss to explain the shooting, she said: "I don't know anything about this". He had published anti-Republican tirades in the newspaper and on social media.

The hospital said Scalise was struck by a single rifle shot to the left hip that went through his pelvis, "fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding". Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

He wrote letters to the local paper's editor, took part in Occupy Wall Street protests. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and four other men shook the capital to its foundations this week, prompting bipartisan calls for lawmakers to re-embrace civility and bridge their ideological differences.

(St. Clair County Illinois Sheriff's Department via AP).

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt.

Hodgkinson's charges were later dismissed, which meant there were no restrictions on him owning guns.

He frequented the YMCA location right next to the baseball diamond in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and even went there the morning of the shooting. He was squeezing off five or six rounds at a time, according to the report of the incident, and fired about 50 shots in all.

"He was very to himself, very aloof... he didn't show a lot of emotion to Eli... you'd think when your grandson is hugging you [you'd show some some emotion]", Knepper said.

"People, at certain times, take things deeply to heart and react and do things that really are unconscionable as we saw in D.C.", he said.

Hodgkinson's relatives told the Belleville News-Democrat they thought he had retired and moved to Washington, which his sister described as a "nasty place".

Richard Wagner, chief deputy of the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Dept., said there was nothing in Hodgkinson's record that would prevent him from legally owning firearms in IL. No charges were filed.


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