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

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Hodgkinson, the man who shot up a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, was allegedly a strong Democratic partisan who was outraged over the election of Donald Trump.

Hodgkinson is originally from Belleville, Illinois - 800 miles from where the 66-year-old opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a Virginia baseball field. He'd been living in a van there.

We now have video of the gun battle between law enforcement officers and the GOP baseball shooter. Duncan said he answered that the players were Republicans, before leaving the field. Here's what she said.

Investigators say they've checked Hodgkinson's laptop, cell phone, and a camera found in his van but have found no manifesto, no intent to commit violence, and nothing to indicate he was scouting potential targets.

Schaumleffel never actually knew Hodgkinson said now he'd never forget the day he was out there shooting. "I think it's awful", Reis said. After the girl broke free, Hodgkinson followed and "started hitting her arms, pulling her hair, and started grabbing her off the bed".

The investigation continues into the shooting that wounded a congressman and three others in Alexandria, Va.

Hodgkinson was in the YMCA Sunday afternoon, according to Del Ray resident Kris Balderston, who said he had seen Hodgkinson in the gym before, alone and not in workout clothes. The shooter died in the exchange of gunfire between him and the police. And there's no evidence so far that they were purchased illegally.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to recover fully.

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", Trump said. (Ironically, the game the congressmen were preparing for is a traditionally friendly rivalry between the two parties.) At times like this, myriad questions arise. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant.


"I can't believe he did this", she said, visibly upset. Members of the group praised Hodgkinson online after learning about the political assassination attempt.

At the time he told his wife that he was moving to work with people to change the tax brackets.

As a home inspector, Hodgkinson got attention for helping hurricane victims in Florida in 2004.

His Facebook page shows he was a fan of Vermont Sen.

"We all know that the rich don't pay enough taxes", he wrote in one letter to the editor of his local paper. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

But over the years, he had also had a number of scrapes with the police. Officials also said he had a history of run-ins with the law, including arrests for battery and drunken driving.

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt. All of the sudden, I heard a couple of shots. When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into a cornfield.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said. The county that it's in, St. Clair County, is politically purple.

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