Baseball Gunman Was Headed Home

Details have emerged of the violent past of an anti-Republican fanatic who shot a U.S. congressman at a practice session for a charity baseball match.

Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field, officials said. At the time, Euille said he did not realize Hodgkinson was living out of his van. He had been a vocal opponent of the Republican Party.

Brooks and Franks were at the baseball field where the shooting happened, but Duncan had left before the gunman had opened fire.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. She did not want to discuss her husband's politics. Duncan said he told him it was Republicans. "I just felt sympathy for him", Euille said.

"He was in a few fights and stuff like that, nothing would demonstrate violence as far as what he did", a friend of Hodgkinson said.

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A half-dozen patrons gathered at the tavern Thursday afternoon for the $1 taco special and to shoot pool said Hodgkinson didn't hang out there and wasn't known to them.

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

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage. Hodgkinson was transferred to hospital and died of his injuries shortly after. Federal investigators are working to trace his weapons to find out where they were purchased and other details about their history. Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

"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.

Hodgkinson's attack shocked those who knew him as a popular and "laid-back" blue-collar worker in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois.

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"We're just not sure at this time" how he spent his time, he said. Hodgkinson and Hodgkinson alone is to blame for yesterday's shooting. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. "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. Members of the group praised Hodgkinson online after learning about the political assassination attempt. We (whether you are on the left and the right) need to begin bridging the divide, or we will see more people like James Hodgkinson on the horizon.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Watson said the deputy on Wednesday recalled Hodgkinson as being "very cordial".

"We all know that the rich don't pay enough taxes", he wrote in one letter to the editor of his local paper.

"Most of the bartenders here are women", and he "came off a little creepy, apparently."

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A complaint had also been made against Hodgkinson in March this year after he fired 50 rounds into a wooded area near homes.


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