Wife of alleged Virginia shooter: 'I can't believe he did this'
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 14:35
She said her husband sold nearly all of his possessions before leaving their Belleville home early this year, shortly after their daughter and her 2-year-old son came home.
Sue Hodgkinson said her husband left the couple's home in March to move to Washington, shortly after their adopted daughter moved back into the house with her two-year-old son.
Asked if she had a message for any of the four people injured in the attack, Sue Hodgkinson said: "I don't even know who was shot".
Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St Louis, where Hodgkinson lived and worked as a home inspector, and who became friendly with him while campaigning in Iowa for Sanders in 2006, was surprised to hear about the shooting of Representative Scalise.
"I just want to let people know he wasn't evil, just exhausted of some of politics going on", a friend of Hodgkinson said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois, bought the rifle and a 9mm handgun found at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park from a federally-licensed firearms dealer. "I don't vote this way, they'll work against me next time, you know, but no threat beyond that".
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and suffered other internal injuries. He has had three surgeries so far. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.
Besides Scalise, the shooter also wounded Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, along with a congressional aide and a lobbyist.
Hodgkinson, whose background features several run-ins with police, had a public social media presence that included staunch opposition to GOP figures, as well as support for former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "I can't wrap my head around it, OK?" "They were shooting at each other ..."
Republicans also control both chambers of Congress.
Votes are scheduled and the charity baseball game will go on tonight as scheduled.
The Belleville News-Democrat newspaper posted a photograph of Hodgkinson protesting outside a post office in 2012, wearing sunglasses and a goatee and holding a placard that read "TAX the Rich".