Wife of congressional baseball shooting suspect tells of disbelief
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 19:43
Hodgkinson's wife told ABC News that he had been living in Alexandria, Virginia, the location of the shooting, for the past two months. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL.
Four people - including Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip from Louisiana, who was shot in the hip - were wounded in the shooting. And it was at that auto shop that his anger flared during small talk with the mechanic.
She said her husband, who had worked in the building trades and as a home inspector, had sold "almost everything he owned from his businesses" and had gone to Washington. And I met a man and a woman who said that they don't agree on President Donald Trump, but they're still friends. But he said he was a passionate person who occasionally got into fights. This was different. It was deeply rooted to where his whole tone and composure changed. He remains in critical condition.
Social media posts also revealed more details about Hodgkinson and his politics. None of the victims injured in the attack were on the list, the law enforcement source said.
She was emotional as she spoke to reporters Thursday outside her home in Belleville, Illinois.
He spewed left-wing talking points on Facebook, consistently railing against Republicans and the wealthy.
No staff members noticed any "inappropriate or unusual behavior" and no one complained about him, the YMCA said.
The widow of gunman James Hodgkinson today described his attack as 'horrible, horrible'.
Hodgkinson, who was armed with a handgun and a rifle, died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Her daughter and a 2-year-old grandchild had moved in with the Hodgkinsons before that, she said, and her husband may have left because he wanted "a break from it".
The gunman's brother told The New York Times that the man was upset about Trump's election and recently went to Washington to protest, but Michael Hodgkinson said he didn't know why the man stayed in the area. "I can't wrap my head around it". She said her estranged husband had sold nearly everything from his business before leaving. She accused Republicans of "sanctimony" for suggesting Democrats are the ones to blame.
Schaumleffel never actually knew Hodgkinson said now he'd never forget the day he was out there shooting.
"I would argue that the president is at least - is partially - again, not in any way totally but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed", said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford in an interview on MSNBC.