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

Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy, says Wife

Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy, says Wife

"It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary. There was so much anger in it".

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava leaves a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during a congressional baseball practice.

The FBI is actively investigating Hodgkinson, to include his associates, whereabouts, social media impressions, and potential motivations.

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.

"It sounds really bad, but I'm not surprised", she said.

Hodgkinson died of his wounds Wednesday. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co". He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight.

And running through her answers was a sense of profound frustration, and confusion. The couple had been married nearly 30 years when he left for D.C., where he lived out of a van on a block that bordered the field where he staged the attack.

James Hodgkinson was expected home soon because he had run out of money.

The sheriff's deputies didn't file charges, but they were familiar with Hodgkinson. He allegedly punched a woman who was a friend of the girl. 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.

Ten years earlier, a foster daughter committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire inside her vehicle, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

The couple's daughter had recently moved back into the house with her young child.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said with difficulty, through tears.

Sue Hodgkinson said she felt "horrible". Even his email address was basic: "I go down to the post office quite often, and he would be there collecting signatures on things he was for, and if you weren't of his opinion, he'd be very agitated", McClenahan said.

Schaumleffel never actually knew Hodgkinson said now he'd never forget the day he was out there shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with him. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", he said.

In the evenings, Hodgkinson became a bit of a regular at the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant just a few blocks from the ballfield where he opened fire. "I just talked with him about a month ago or two months ago, '" said Kaiser.

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Hansi Lo Wang in Belleville, Ill., thanks a lot.

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