Friend of James Hodgkinson: 'He wasn't evil'

Trump addressed the nation less than five hours after the shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, former congressional staffer Matt Mika, and two Capitol Police officers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., just outside of Washington. The alleged shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, was a volunteer at many of Sanders' rallies.

James Hodgkinson is the Belleville man who shot a congressman and three others Wednesday during practice for the baseball game.

The gunman who opened fire on congressional Republicans during a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday has died, President Donald Trump said during a statement after the shooting.

"I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", she said, according to interviews posted on St. Louis television stations' websites.

Representative from Alabama Republican Mo Brooks, who was a witness to the shooting, however, said this incident wouldn't change the Republican opposition to gun control even though Congress members had been under attack this time.

James Hodgkinson's mugshot after he was arrested for battery in 2006.

Though no other legal problems are listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as late March.

Sue Hodgkinson spoke to reporters Thursday outsider her Belleville, Illinois, home.

Mrs. Hodgkinson says she was at work when she first heard the news. He ardently supported Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential campaign and used an image of him as his Facebook profile picture. Two Capitol Police officers and at least two others present were wounded.

According to the News-Democrat, Hodgkinson was born in 1951, grew up in Belleville and studied at Belleville Area College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville but did not complete a degree.

The FBI posted a notice asking for information about Hodgkinson, including these contact phone numbers: 202-278-2000 and 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). "He was exhausted, I guess, of the politics going on", Walsh said.

Watson said the deputy on Wednesday recalled Hodgkinson being "very cordial".

"Please take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe", he said.

  • Larry Hoffman