Wife of alleged Congressional shooter speaks

The wife of Virginia gunman James Hodgkinson who targeted a Republican party baseball practice match on Wednesday and critically injured GOP congressman Steve Scalise has spoken publicly for the first time about the shooting, telling reporters: "I can't believe he did this".

Hodgkinson died following a shoot-out with police on a baseball diamond in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, after his early-morning rifle and pistol attack left four people with gunshot wounds and two others with minor injuries. And we learned that her husband told her that he wanted to go to Washington D.C.to work with people to change the tax brackets.

According to the Guardian, when she was asked if she'd like to say something to the victims, Sue Hodgkinson replied, "I don't even know who was shot".

Officials also said Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, had pictures of the ballpark on his cellphone, and had been spending time at a YMCA center beside the ballpark for several weeks - using his laptop in the lobby for hours, the Times reported. "I can't wrap my head around it", Hodgkinson said. "I responded that it was the Republican team practicing, and he proceeded to shoot Republicans", Duncan said the day of the shooting. "There's nothing I could do about it". Police say the guns were legal, and he carried the required Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification card. She said that her daughter and two-year-old grandchild had recently moved back into the house with them, and she thought her husband had perhaps left to get away from that.

No one can truly know what motivates a man to drive halfway across the country, live out of his vehicle - as Mr. Hodgkinson apparently did - and attempt a mass killing of members of Congress.

"His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the hospital said. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. A congressional staffer was shot in the leg but was released from a hospital. It is not clear whether the gunman specifically targeted them in the attack. Capitol Police officers returned fire, and Hodgkinson was fatally wounded.

Before James Hodgkinson traveled to Virginia, he lived in the town of Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. He had also posted inflammatory messages opposing the presidency of Donald Trump and articulated support for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Duncan said he spoke to Hodgkinson before the shooting.

  • Zachary Reyes