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

17 June 2017, 11:27 | Felicia Parsons

Republican members of the US Congress and their staffers were holding a practice for the annual congressional charity game, a tradition in the US capital since 1909.

James Hodgkinson opened fire at the Congressional baseball practice on Wednesday morning, shooting four people and critically wounding majority whip Steve Scalise.

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

Investigators were looking into why Hodgkinson came to the Washington, D.C. area in the first place, and how much premeditation was involved.

Sue Hodgkinson stood unsteady and emotional as a local sheriff's deputy held her hand and led her to a bank of several microphones.

She added her husband hadn't told her much before he left, but he made clear plans to leave, selling nearly everything he owned from his businesses.

"He would get politically aggressive. I just talked with him about a month ago or two months ago, '" said Kaiser. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican. Brennwald thought it was odd he never saw Hodgkinson exercise or wear workout clothes and considered asking a staffer about him but never did, he said.

Mr Dale Walsh, who identified himself as a friend, said Hodgkinson had been a vibrant presence when he was younger. A police report states he had license to shoot the weapon and wasn't charged in the incident.

Scalise, 51, was in dire condition when he was first shot, but internal bleeding is under control and the prognosis is positive.

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Richmond said he saw Griner and Bailey nearly weekly when they fly home to Louisiana with Scalise. Griner and Special Agent David Bailey engaged the gunman and shot him dead.

Hodgkinson was injured in a shootout with police and later died of his injuries, according to officials.

SUZANNE HODGKINSON: I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help in piecing together Hodgkinson's whereabouts and activities while he was in Alexandria.

"99 percent are getting pushed around and the one percent aren't giving a damn".

"I didn't like him from the beginning", she said.

"I just don't know what to tell you people", she told reporters.

James Hodgkinson, 66, a former home-inspection businessman, had been charged with domestic violence in 2006 but was not convicted and had a number of minor convictions on his record.

His Facebook page shows he was a fan of Vermont Sen. He had volunteered for the Sanders presidential campaign in 2016.

Hodgkinson apparently wrote many letters to the editor of his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.



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