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Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

17 June 2017

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded. The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle.

(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees.

(AP Photo/ Ben Finley).

Married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years, she declined to answer questions about his politics and whether they had consumed him.

A US official told CBS News that James Hodgkinson, the Alexandria shooter, had a list of names including GOP Reps. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself.

She explained, her husband sold his southern IL home inspection business months ago. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL.

The gunman, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Bellevile, Illinois, was killed in a firefight with police on Thursday after shooting at a party preparing for a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.

Hodgkinson had slammed Mr Trump on Facebook and reportedly wrote: "You are Truly the Biggest A** Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office". Congressman ScaliseHospital officials said Wednesday evening that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was still in critical condition after being shot.

Orear mentioned that while Hodgkinson had been a passionate progressive, there was no sign of violence or malice towards anyone, reports the Washington Post.

But his more immediate motive for the attack remained unclear.

Moreland said her friend often came over to her house to escape Hodgkinson who was angry much of the time. He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight.

She said she wasn't sure if there was a catalyst for him leaving.

Hodgkinson had contacted Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) at least 10 times over the past year. He's faced a charge of battery, for example, but that was later dropped.

Wagner said there was no way to predict that Hodgkinson would take such violent action.

Sue Hodgkinson also told reporters she knew nothing about her husband buying weapons before leaving on the extended trip, which the widow claims she did not find particularly odd. "I know he wasn't happy when Trump got elected but he seemed like a nice enough guy", one neighbor of the IL man said, according to the profile written by Business Insider's Michelle Mark.

We also spoke with Dana Rieck, a breaking news reporter with the Belleville News-Democrat, who joined the program to talk about community reaction and the paper's extensive local reporting on the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson. He worked on his laptop and sipped coffee, rarely joining in the political discussions often set off by the TV.

Those who knew him around Belleville have said nothing suggested he was capable of the attack on members of Congress, in spite of his often stated, very strong, and well-documented anti-Republican views. "But he never really implied one way or the other that he was pro-Democrat, anti-GOP Republican or anything like that".

"I was a little shocked out of all the cities in the United States it would be a little Midwest town like this", said Claire Hatch, a lifelong resident.

Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner