Democrats bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left

Back in IL at least one friend of Hodgkinson - who didn't give his full name - defended him, saying, "I just want to let people know he wasn't evil, that he was exhausted of some of the politics going on".

The police officers who shot Belleville resident James Hodgkinson on Wednesday clearly had no choice but to open fire on him, according to Terrance Gainer, an IL native who formerly headed the U.S. Capitol Police.

"I am sorry that he did this but there is nothing i can do about it", Sue Hodgkinson, the shooter's wife said. James left Belleville in March to travel to Alexandria. The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle.

She explained, her husband sold his southern IL home inspection business months ago.

"He wanted to go up there to work with people to change the tax brackets", she said. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help in piecing together Hodgkinson's whereabouts and activities while he was in Alexandria.

Members of a YMCA near the shooting site in Virginia say Hodgkinson spent time there.

Her husband opened fire on the baseball practice session in Alexandria, Virginia, early on Wednesday morning.

He remained in critical condition on Thursday, CBS News reported. Staffer Zack BarthZack Barth, a legislative correspondent for Austin Congressman Roger Williams, was shot in the calf. Bailey is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina Central University, the school said.

"It just took me by surprise when I saw it on the news today that he did what he did", said Dale Walsh.

We first spoke with U.S. Representative Mike Bost, of Illinois' 12th District, of which Hodgkinson lived in.

According to a police report, Hodgkinson was then seen "throwing" the foster daughter "around the bedroom", and when she tried to escape, he "started hitting her arms, pulling her hair, and started grabbing her off the bed". "They don't deserve this, I don't deserve this, my daughters don't deserve all this". I don't deserve this. The widow said her husband might have made a decision to leave for a while simply because he desired a "break from it".

  • Zachary Reyes