Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Gunman who shot Republican congressman had history of railing against GOP

Gunman who shot Republican congressman had history of railing against GOP

James T Hodgkinson, 66, died after a shootout with police on Wednesday after he opened fire at a sports field in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican lawmakers and their aides were training for a charity baseball game.

Congressman Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Hill Police and told that his name and office number were on the list. Investigators have not determined the goal of the list and they are still trying to determine its meaning.

House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip. It is now unclear whether his wife had been in touch with her husband recently, the Washington Post reported. The paper's staff then kicked into overdrive, dredging up archival letters Hodgkinson had written to the paper, photographs of him at local protests over the year, delving into criminal records and family relations and speaking to anyone who knew him. "I can't wrap my head around it", Sue Hodgkinson said.

"I can't believe he did this", she said, visibly upset. "There's nothing I could do about it".

Asked about her husband's decision to leave for an extended period of time, Hodgkinson said that her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter had recently moved home.

In 1996, the Hodgkinsons' foster daughter, Wanda Ashley Stock, whom he described as a "very practical, level-headed girl" doused herself in gasoline and set herself on fire. When that woman's boyfriend confronted Hodgkinson, he struck him in the face with a shotgun before firing off a round as the man fled, a police report said.

In March, Sheriff's deputies came out to Hodgkinson's house in IL after a neighbor reported hearing 50 gunshots.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page has been taken down by the social media site, but before it was removed, screenshots were taken and have since circulated.

Moreland said that she thought Hodgkinson was "definitely" capable of the shooting in Virginia.

Former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, a YMCA regular, said he spoke to Hodgkinson numerous times and even offered him job advice.

Two of Hodgkinson's victims were severely wounded. Inside that vehicle, agents recovered a cell phone, a camera and a computer. And he said James T. Hodgkinson actually went by Thomas or Tommy. Authorities said James Hodgkinson expressed grievances online about the president and Republicans, but they're still working to determine a concrete motive for the shooting.

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