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

This photo from Facebook shows James T. Hodgkinson. "I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said. A lone gunman, angered by the election of Donald Trump, opened fire on members of a Republican congressional baseball team and was later killed in a shootout with the police.

James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, was shot dead by police after opening fire in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

(Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat, via AP).

As the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to search Hodgkinson's former home for clues, his former neighbor thinks back to their last encounter wandering if the shooting was just target practice or preparation.

Posts from previous year show he was adamantly opposed to Clinton, and, after the election, to President Donald Trump. His demeanor was "calm", witness Falisa Peoples said. None of the victims injured in the attack were on the list, the law enforcement source said. Zack Barth, a congressional aide, was shot in the calf, treated and released from a hospital. The FBI said he was in Alexandria, Virginia, where the shooting took place, since March.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said. The couple had been married nearly 30 years when he left for D.C., where he lived out of a van on a block that bordered the field where he staged the attack. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.

Lobstein said, "I hope that people can forgive him, but don't forget it". And he was just as politically active online as he was in person. "She had no idea he felt as strong as he did", Wagner said. I yelled 'Stop shooting.

Hodgkinson had owned a home inspection company, but filed paperwork earlier this year to dissolve the business.

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According to Facebook, Hodgkinson went to Belleville Township High School West and studied flight training at Southwestern Illinois College.

The suspect was also a prolific letter writer to his hometown newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat.

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

Hodgkinson also had arrests in his background for a series of minor offenses and at least one more serious matter.

Conservatives immediately seized on Hodgkinson's support for Sanders, with commentator Ann Coulter, a frequent voice on conservative cable news and talk radio, describing the gunman as "some nut Bernie Sanders supporter". According to the court clerk, the charges were dismissed in November of that year. Records indicate he has not been involved in any legal cases since 2011. He was squeezing off five or six shots at a time and, according to the report of the incident, fired about 50 shots in all.

She said she didn't know anything about his purchasing weapons.

Schaumleffel called the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.


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