Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy
00:08, Jun 18, 2017
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The shooter was identified as Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". James Hodgkinson, who was 66, died of gunshot wounds suffered in a shootout with police. The man expressed grievances online about President Donald Trump and Republicans, but authorities said they're still working to determine a motive. She said he talked a lot about politics but, when pressed, said she didn't want to discuss her husband's views.
"I was shocked", she said.
The gunman also reportedlyposted anti-Trump rhetoric on social media, sparking speculation about the shooter's possible political motivations. "From everything we've known in our interactions with him, he never tipped off and gave any indication that he was violent in any way". She said she thought he was going to return to IL because he'd run out of money. Two members of the Capitol Police, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, were also wounded. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined both were purchased legally, the FBI said Thursday. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Postreports. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.
(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. 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. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who from the floor of the Senate hours after the shooting said he was "sickened by this despicable act". U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was holding the event, was shot in the head.
In March, Sheriff's deputies came out to Hodgkinson's house in IL after a neighbor reported hearing 50 gunshots.
FacebookWhen it comes to violence aimed at politicians, it turns out that Sen. He had also volunteered on Sander's campaign.
A search of online newspapers show that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.
One especially horrific episode has to do with the demise of one of his foster daughters, and what it suggests living with Hodgkinson might have been like.
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The report describes how the two teen girls ran out of the house and tried to escape in a auto - but Hodgkinson pried open a vehicle door and used a knife to slice the seat belt apart. According to the court clerk, the charges were dismissed in November of that year.
Hodgkinson was interviewed at an "Occupy" rally in 2011 in St. Louis by a local news station.
That's when Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home.
A former mayor of Alexandria, William Euille, told CNN that he saw Hodgkinson around the YMCA, and described him as a "loner". "I think today we're beginning to see the ramifications of that hate and we've got to dial this back and become civil again".
Ulster County Democrats like Elliott Auerbach weighed in, saying the attack serves as a reminder that security at area governmental buildings like the county office building on Fair Street needs to be tightened.
This 2006 photo provided by the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Department shows James T. Hodgkinson. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his auto.
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