IL congressional office had multiple contacts with gunman

The gunman, identified as IL man James Hodgkinson, 66, on Wednesday fired repeatedly at the men playing on a field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, DC.

Authorities believe Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a cargo van and not working, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said.

Hodgkinson, who had been quite vocal about his opposition against US President Donald Trump on many anti-Republican groups on Facebook, including "The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans", "Terminate The Republican Party", and "Donald Trump is not my President".

The former mayor of Alexandria, Bill Euille, told the Post he had spent the last month and a half talking to Hodgkinson almost every morning.

"I would try to chat him up and say stuff, but he never looked back at me", Brennwald said.

"I don't think Tom was a killer I think something broke", he said. He began choking his daughter as her friend tried to protect her, the report said. "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field", Sen. T. Hodgkinson. The official was not authorized to discuss an investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"It is a passive justification for the kind of violence we saw", Hill said. Officials put in place a "robust police presence throughout the Capitol complex", and the Secret Service added security around the White House. Two Capitol Police officers were also injured but were expected to recover, along with a former congressional aide who was hospitalized.

The FBI said authorities are speaking with people who knew Hodgkinson or who may have encountered him.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", the president said.

"We're just not sure at this time" how he spent his time, he said.

In a national address, Trump appealed for unity following the morning assault in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.

"I yelled at him, 'Hey stop shooting over there".

Trump says Scalise "continues his very fearless fight", but adds: "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time".

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", the shooter's brother told the newspaper.

Hodgkinson, who had a home inspection business, "was a really nice guy". Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who called Hodgkinson's rampage a "despicable act". The Belleville News-Democrat described Hodgkinson as part of a "99 percent" team that was bringing attention to the financial and political power of the top 1 percent of Americans. Many included complaints about the same theme; income inequality.

Hodgkinson was not a stranger to arrests. Records indicate he has not been involved in any legal cases since 2011.

On March 24, Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home. But even among the cases like Hodgkinson's, where the shooting targets are not relatives or romantic partners, there is frequently a trail of earlier charges.

The list of mass shooters with previous records of domestic violence is long, but a separate problem is the fact that many mass shootings are directly related to intimate partners. Witnesses said Hodgkinson forced his way into the home looking for his daughter and grabbed her by the hair when he found her upstairs, according to a police narrative on file with St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. He said Hodgkinson's wife left for work Wednesday morning as she always does.

  • Salvatore Jensen