Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity


Sanders paid tribute to Capitol Police for their response to the shooting, and said his "hopes and prayers" are with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others who were wounded.

The wife of the man suspected of opening fire Wednesday on Republicans practicing for a congressional baseball game, shooting and wounding four, emotionally told reporters today, "I can't believe he did this", saying there were no signs. Hodgkinson also shot Zack Barth, an aide to Texas Rep. Roger Williams, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who were all expected to recover. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL.

Those who knew him say nothing suggested he was capable of such an attack regardless of his strong anti-republican views.

Scalise's office said the 51-year-old was "in good spirits" before entering surgery, although the hospital later updated his status to critical.

The attacker, identified as James T Hodgkinson from IL, was killed after exchanging shots with police at the baseball field.

"The attack is frustrating because I expect that this will ultimately demonstrate that words and rhetoric have consequences", Graves, a Republican from Baton Rouge, said in a statement.

Now, law enforcement is swarming the small home on Rolling Hills Lane with many questions that his neighbors share.

But he said news of the shooting came "totally out of the blue".

Sue Hodgkinson, who works at a tax firm, said she and James didn't see much of each other from January to March because of her job. Hodgkinson's wife joined him, struggling to pull their daughter out of the vehicle, as Hodgkinson punched the neighbor who was in the driver's seat of the auto in the face, witnesses told police.

Hodgkinson had arrests in his background for a series of minor offenses and at least one more serious matter.

"If I seem to be a broken record, it is because of the simple facts that need to be understood by everyone of voting age", Hodgkinson wrote in August 2012 to the Belleville News-Democrat.

When Hodgkinson refused to stop, Schaumleffel called the sheriff's department. "It will be play ball tomorrow night at 7:05", Congressman Joe Barton, manager of the Republican team, said at a news conference with Mike Doyle, the Democratic team manager.

On April 1, 2006, Fernandez went to Hodgkinson's door after Fernandez's girlfriend, Aimee Moreland, was punched in the face by Hodgkinson.