Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

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

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

"It was a little abnormal", he said.

Last Sunday, Hodgkinson gruffly asked Balderston to make way for him to use a bike.

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.

Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center immediately after the attack, where has has since undergone three surgeries and remains in critical condition. But no matter what authorities discover about Hodgkinson (and he appears to have had other troubles in his life), Wednesday's attack should cause a gut check about what passes for political discourse in this country. She said she feels "horrible" about what happened.

She was at work at the tax firm in Belleville when she first heard her husband was the suspected shooter, from an ABC reporter who called her, she said.

Sue Hodgkinson said her husband left the couple's home in March to move to Washington, shortly after their adopted daughter moved back into the house with her two-year-old son. She did not want to discuss her husband's politics. She said when he prepared to leave Illinois, "He sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses".

That relationship soured however by 2006 after a domestic assault incident, during which Hodgkinson walked into a neighbor's home with a gun and punched a 19-year-old woman who was friends with his daughter in the face.

In Belleville, residents continued to grapple with the news that one of their own, a man many knew could be quick to anger, but who many said didn't show outward signs of violence, could have committed the mass shooting. "I talked to a lot of people throughout yesterday who went to school with him and said everything was he was always just a normal guy, kind of quiet".

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

The rifle he used was an SKS, according to two law enforcement officials, which is a semiautomatic rifle designed in the Soviet Union.

The weapon, while not as accurate as more modern rifles, can still be lethal at close to medium ranges.

Hodgkinson, whose background features several run-ins with police, had a public social media presence that included staunch opposition to GOP figures, as well as support for former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Suddenly, it's Democrats - paired with a political base that hates the new president - who are on the defensive about their rhetoric. "He didn't run with the pack - he was a lone wolf", Holbrook said.

However, as The New York Times pointed out Wednesday evening, a "more immediate motive" for the shooting was unknown. They won't look down on the fact that he, you know, he did wrong. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Hodgkinson reportedly was also a regular presence in recent weeks on Mount Vernon Avenue, the main commercial street through the Del Ray neighborhood.

Schaumleffel never actually knew Hodgkinson said now he'd never forget the day he was out there shooting. "I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", Suzanne Hodgkinson told a scrum of reporters near her home.

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