Wife of suspected Alexandria shooter speaks out in emotional press conference


Republican Congressman Gregg Harper gaveled in the session, and Republican Glenn Thompson delivered the first morning speech, as about 30 spectators watched from the visitors' galleries.

James Hodgkinson, 66, was arrested after a 2006 incident in which he was accused of beating his foster daughter, according to court records.

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.

"I am grateful to the Capitol Police officers present, the police and first responders from Alexandria, Virginia who arrived on the scene quickly, the Members of Congress and all present who took courageous and immediate action".

The Hodgkinsons had been married nearly 30 years.

One woman I spoke to who lives in that area, Marilyn Blaha, said she knew him professionally from years ago, says her brother was still friends with him.

Hodgkinson did openly support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, using Sanders as his Facebook cover photo, and volunteering for his presidential campaign. Her husband was at home all day with them, she said, and she thought he might have wanted a break.

"My initial reaction was well it can't be the same Tom Hodgkinson I went to school with", Calhoun said.

Suzanne Hodgkinson told reporters gathered outside her Belleville home Thursday afternoon that she "couldn't believe it" when she heard about the shooting.

Authorities said Wednesday there was not yet a clear motive for the shooting, as the FBI investigated Hodgkinson's associations and social media postings.

James Hodgkinson was expected home soon because he had run out of money.

Two of Hodgkinson's victims were severely wounded.

The House majority whip, 51, is a five-term Republican from Louisiana. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates. Lobbyist Matt Mika was struck multiple times in the chest is in serious condition at George Washington University Hospital. "He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding". Two members of the Capitol Police, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, were also wounded. Zack Barth, a congressional aide, was shot in the calf, treated and released from a hospital. "Other than that, the state can't take it away". "We had policemen and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation in here asking questions, but we just don't know him".

The FBI said it had processed a white conversion van owned by Hodgkinson, which was parked at the YMCA adjacent to where the shooting happened.

Now more about what we've learned about the man who fired on a congressional baseball practice yesterday. Tickets for the game were selling at the rate of 500 per hour following the shooting, with proceeds benefiting a number of local charities.

Witnesses say it soon became a gun battle between the shooter and police.

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