Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

Posted June 17, 2017

Four people - including Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip from Louisiana, who was shot in the hip - were wounded in the shooting.

Authorities believe the 66-year-old had been living out of a van in northern Virginia since March after leaving his southern IL home.

A review by 25 Investigates found Hodgkinson's political frustration stretched back long before President Trump and some of the current Republican leaders came into power.

But the existence of the list, confirmed by "multiple sources" to the Daily Caller, indicates the attack was a pre-planned political assassination rather than a random act of rage. And Walsh said he was surprised that Hodgkinson was the shooter because he knew Hodgkinson as a happy-go-lucky guy, someone who was a jokester at parties.

Hodgkinson's widow, Suzanne Hodgkinson, said Thursday afternoon that she had "no idea" he was going to carry out the murders. "I can't wrap my head around it".

"He would just sit and stare at the Golf Channel", she said. After the girl broke free, Hodgkinson followed and "started hitting her arms, pulling her hair, and started grabbing her off the bed".

Brooks aided two of the wounded following the early-morning shooting.

Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.

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Hodgkinson's attack shocked those who knew him as a popular and "laid-back" blue-collar worker in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois. But again, the investigation is still ongoing, and the FBI is asking for tips from the public to find out more about the motive and people he may have met before the shooting took place. "Let's do this in the spirit of what Americans do, that we are Americans first", said Florida's Sen.

Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant a few blocks from the shooting scene, said Hodgkinson had become something of a regular in recent weeks. 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.

WANG: Yeah, I've talked to some folks, and they say that they're surprised that this happened.

Seriously. What makes a person decide to shoot a group of unarmed people due to their political affiliation?

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.

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

After getting out of a black SUV that drove down Rolling Hills Lane from the Hodgkinson home, Sue Hodgkinson stood next to a federal agent in front of a gaggle of reporters. Previous year during the presidential campaigns, we saw riots flare up in cities where then-candidate Trump was scheduled to speak.