Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Virginia shooter who shot Republicans was a Trump hater

The shaken widow of the Belleville-area man who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning said she had had no idea what her husband was going to do.

Hodgkinson was an unemployed home inspector from Belleville in southern IL. She said he talked a lot about politics but, when pressed, said she didn't want to discuss her husband's views.

The FBI released the identity yesterday of the man who fired shots at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA that left Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) critically injured. He retweeted Michelle Malkin, who pointed to a professor's tweet following the passage of the health care bill that Republicans "should be lined up and shot". "He is grateful for the fearless actions of US Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", his office said in a statement.

At an emotional press conference outside the couple's home in Belleville, Illinois, Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words to describe events running up to the shooting and said her husband, known also as Tom, had told her he had gone to the nation's capital to "work on taxes".

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said.

The couple had been married for 30 years, she said, and he'd sold nearly everything from his business before moving out to March.

"I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", she said.

After about 7 minutes of speaking with reporters, she turned to the deputy to ask if she could leave.

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That's when Schaumleffel called the St. Clair Sheriff's Office.

She said she didn't know anything about his purchasing weapons.

Hodgkinson had owned a home inspection company, but filed paperwork earlier this year to dissolve the business.

"It makes you feel real bad that something like this is connected to here", Reis said. Now we know where he went. His demeanor was "calm", witness Falisa Peoples said.

"What makes a guy do something like that?"

Calhoun said he thinks he saw Hodgkinson at a Walgreens in Belleville about three months ago, but he looked a little different so he didn't say anything. "It doesn't matter whether you're Republican, Democrat, black or white, Muslim or whatever". Mrs. Hodgkinson said her husband sold nearly everything from his businesses before he moved to the east coast.

"He would get politically aggressive".

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