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

18 June, 2017, 00:02 | Author: Clay Erickson

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his vehicle in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday.

Hodgkinson is accused of attacking congressional GOP leaders at a baseball practice outside of Washington D.C., including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

"We're getting exhausted of this", he said. "On the third or fourth day, as I was sitting there having my coffee. we greeted each other and exchanged names".

On Friday's St. Louis on the Air, we went Behind the Headlines and the headlines this week reached all the way from Alexandria, Virginia, to Belleville, Illinois. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Republican Rep. Tom Garrett of Virginia tweeted a link to a story about comedian Kathy Griffin holding the bloody, severed head made to look like the president. "I just want to let people know that he wasn't evil, that he was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics that are going on".

When Hodgkinson refused to stop, Schaumleffel called the sheriff's department. He complained about the prices.

The shaken widow of the Belleville-area man who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning said she had had no idea what her husband was going to do.

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She said she knew of no obvious catalyst for her husband's leaving, though she mentioned her daughter had recently moved back home with a child. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his presidential campaign and denounced the shooting.

No staff members noticed any "inappropriate or unusual behavior" and no one complained about him, the YMCA said.

"If he was on his laptop and he came across something that was amusing or a joke, he would say 'Hey Bill!" And the people told me, you know, despite these splits, it doesn't divide them personally, and they're able to get along. I didn't notice anything about his mannerisms, his demeanor that would show that it was somebody that was nervous, somebody that something was bubbling or boiling inside of him. He was always rational.

"He would say "yeah I agree" or something like that", said former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who got to know Hodgkinson over the course of about six to eight weeks. And I met a man and a woman who said that they don't agree on President Donald Trump, but they're still friends. "He had them sitting out on the table. and he would say 'Hey please join and have a pastry".

According to the FBI, Hodgkinson began shooting at around 7:09 AM EST on June 14 and officers arrived at approximately 7:12 AM and the suspect was engaged by law enforcement at 7:14 AM.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and other investigators outside Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, scene of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

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