Wife of man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise speaks out

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Police investigate a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017.

The firearms recovered from the alleged attacker in Wednesday's shooting at a Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others injured were purchased legally, according to multiple law enforcement sources. He was living in his van and had a police record that included drunk driving, assault, and battery.

Various national news agencies have reported that he was a supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and hater of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Franks was not on the team, adding uncertainty about the significance of the list of names.

"I was shocked, and I heard it through an ABC reporter on the phone", Sue Hodgkinson explained.

"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off", said lifelong friend Dale Walsh, 65.

"He said, 'I understand, ' and said he needed to take the gun to a range to shoot it, Watson said".

A day earlier, he allegedly damaged a door while looking for his foster daughter at a neighbour's home. "Come over here! I want to show you something!'"

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.

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He had access to the facility through Wednesday and arrived less than two hours before the shooting, the YMCA said.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old former home builder and lead removal contractor, had run-ins with police but no felony convictions. At this time, there is no evidence the suspect obtained the weapons illegally. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help in piecing together Hodgkinson's whereabouts and activities while he was in Alexandria. When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into or on a cornfield. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said.

Suzanne Hodgkinson said she thought her husband had traveled to Washington to focus on tax issues but had not known much of what he was doing. We (whether you are on the left and the right) need to begin bridging the divide, or we will see more people like James Hodgkinson on the horizon.

Before moving out to the nation's capital, Hodgkinson, a union tradesman with a home inspection business, had already exhibited some disturbing behavior.

Mr Sanders condemned Hodgkinson's actions on Wednesday.

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt. According to the court clerk, the charges were dismissed in November of that year.

"I didn't sense anything ill about him". The county that it's in, St. Clair County, is politically purple.

Suzanne Hodgkinson was visibly shaken during the interview as she was escorted by St. Clair Deputy Chief Rick Wagner. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his auto.

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