Gunman Who Shot Congressman Had History of Anti-GOP Activity

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Sanders says the man authorities identified as opening fire on the practice had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign.

"I think probably more than a Bernie supporter he was unbalanced", Gronemeyer said.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and suffered other internal injuries. A web page on Yelp indicates that Hodgkinson had been doing home inspections since 1994 and had 30 years experience in construction and remodeling as a general contractor, and that he worked in both Missouri and IL.

Over the course of Thursday's news conference, Hodgkinson did not wish to discuss her husband's politics and asked reporters to leave her neighbors and family alone.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", the shooter's brother told the newspaper.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said.

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 last spring.

Authorities believe Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a cargo van and not working, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said.

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Mrs. Hodgkinson says she was at work when she first heard the news.

In 2006, he was arrested on a battery charge after allegedly punching a woman in the face, then striking her boyfriend in the head with the wooden stock of a 12-gauge shotgun before firing a round at the man, according to a sheriff's department report.

"Violence is reserve of people who have nothing else to offer", Ferraro said. She said he has been living in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past two months.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said. No charges were filed. He left his southern IL home earlier this year.

Robert Becker, former Iowa state director for the Sanders campaign, said Hodgkinson was not among approximately 100 paid professionals on the campaign staff there.

The gunman also reportedly posted anti-Trump rhetoric on social media, sparking speculation about the shooter's possible political motivations.

"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off".

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