Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

This viewpoint was explicitly articulated by Hodgkinson in a Facebook post in which he wrote, "Trump is a Traitor". Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy.

"Bomb the terrorists in Syria, arm the terrorists in Virginia - that's their policy", Levine said of Republicans after they killed a bill he introduced to bar people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns.

Hodgkinson contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., 14 times through email or telephone. Belleville there is a white, working-class community.

His wife, Sue Hodgkinson, spoke publicly on Thursday evening for the first time since the shooting. He was still in Illinois as of March 24, according to reports of interactions he had with police from St. Clair County, Illinois.

WASHINGTON — The House gaveled back into session Thursday a day after a shooting critically wounded a top GOP leader, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and injured several others, including Capitol Police officers.

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone about the shooting.

The FBI said that the gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, purchased the two firearms he used in Wednesday's assault from licensed gun dealers. "He was more on the really progressive side of things". Facebook removed both of Hodgkinson Facebook pages as JBN was creating screenshots of the offending posts.

"I think that the president contributed to this significantly", said Rep. James Clyburn of SC, the No. 3 House Democrat. Let me be as clear as I can be - violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. The modest, rectangular clapboard farm house sits amid fields of young corn and budding soy.

Dale Walsh, 65, of Belleville, said he was a lifelong friend of Hodgkinson's.

Schaumleffel recalled how she and her husband notified the police when the man refused to stop shooting his weapon in the middle on the afternoon. Victims have been transported to local hospitals, police said.

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Before the shooting , he allegedly asked people gathered there, " Are these the Republicans or the Democrats? ". Lawmakers told reporters they saw Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards before the shooter was neutralized.

Hodgkinson studied aviation at what was then called Belleville Area College up until 1971. IL tracks firearm owners - but not their weapons.

Hodgkinson apparently complied and the deputy left without taking any further action.

Barton said the shooting lasted 5-10 minutes, and there were dozens or more of shots fired. The Schaumleffels said Hodgkinson kept to himself. Congressman Mo Brooks of SC says the shooter, James Hodgkinson, carried a rifle and sprayed bullets across the baseball diamond.

Wounded U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey set aside one of his crutches and threw out the game's first pitch.

On April 1, 2006, Hodgkinson allegedly attempted to get his teenage foster daughter to come home by grabbing her by the hair and yanking her down to the floor.

Hodgkinson, who volunteered for Sen.

"Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason, " Hodgkinson wrote. In the same incident, he fired a shotgun. The charges were dismissed later that year, according to the court clerk. Hodkinson made multiple complaints about neighbors damaging his lawn by driving through it.

In the hours after the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, a picture began to emerge of a shooter with a mostly minor arrest record who worked as a home inspector and despised the Republican Party. 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. He apparently volunteered for the presidential campaign of Sen.

Euille told WAMU that he spoke with the IL resident for 20 to 30 minutes each time they met at the gym, but Hodgkinson did not work out; he only used the sauna, dressed in the locker room and spent time using his laptop.

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