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

June 24 2017, 05:28 | Irvin Gilbert

GOP Congressman 'Regrets' Blaming Democrats' Rhetoric For Virginia Shooting

This is the brutally violent history of the Virginia shooter

She said when he prepared to leave Illinois, "He sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses". But he sold items from his businesses and told her he was going to Washington.

Four people - including Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip from Louisiana, who was shot in the hip - were wounded in the shooting. Three others, a GOP congressional aide, a U.S. capitol police officer and a lobbyist were also injured by gunfire.

"I was shocked", she said. And she suggested that maybe he wanted a break from living with their - her daughter's child who was living with them in their home.

"I would argue that the president is at least - is partially - again, not in any way totally but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed", said South Carolina Republican Congressman.

James Hodgkinson lost his 17-year-old foster daughter in 1996 when she set herself on fire.

The wife of James Hodgkinson said her husband told her he was going to Washington, D.C.to "work on taxes" and "change the tax brackets". It is unclear if the shooter was intending to hit Scalise, sources say that the 2nd baseman was hit by stray bullets. He had run out of money, his wife told reporters. He is reported to be in critical condition. A former congressional aide was hospitalized. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates. The latter is an invitation to people like Hodgkinson to take matters into their own hands through violence.

Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, is also in critical condition.

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.

Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - wounded in yesterday's attack - threw out tonight's first pitch. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Post reports. The attacker, who was shot by Scalise's security detail and later died, was an IL man whose social media postings showed anger at Trump and the Republicans.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Wednesday that Hodgkinson showed the deputy all required firearms licenses and documentation involving the high-powered hunting rifle, which he said he was simply using for target practice. "I can't help you at all".

As it turned out, Wanda had made a previous suicide try before moving in with the Hodgkinsons - and her boyfriend had broken up with the teen just before she took her life.

Wagner said there was no way to predict that Hodgkinson would take such violent action. They say he was a " fun-loving guy" who "never backed down" and "stood his ground". If the Federal Bureau of Investigation is correct that Hodgkinson had been in Virginia since March, he must have left IL shortly after he was seen with the rifle at his home.

The FBI has recovered and processed his van, weapons, and cell phone in Virginia.

One after another after another on the Wednesday morning television news shows came the harrowing accounts from Republican members of Congress of how their baseball practice just hours earlier had become a bloody battlefield.



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