She was emotional as she spoke to reporters Thursday outside her home in Belleville, Illinois.
Hodgkinson opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. "There was so much anger in it". "She had no idea he felt as strong as he did", Wagner said. Hodgkinson said he had a home inspection business back in IL but had been in Alexandria for a while and had been looking for temporary work.
"The gentleman - the shooter - came in and he asked me to put air in his tires", Dauberman said. He remains in critical condition from a shot to the hip. His social media showed an intense opposition to the GOP and Donald Trump, and he had reportedly volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa.
Over the course of Thursday's news conference, Hodgkinson did not wish to discuss her husband's politics and asked reporters to leave her neighbors and family alone.
Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.
The charges were eventually dismissed, but witnesses told deputies Hodgkinson grabbed the girl by the hair and threw her on the floor. "I talked to a lot of people throughout yesterday who went to school with him and said everything was he was always just a normal guy, kind of quiet".
"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off", said lifelong friend Dale Walsh, 65.
While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt. She said her daughter and a 2-year-old grandson had moved in with the Hodgkinsons before that, and her husband may have left because he wanted "a break from it".
Those who knew him around Belleville have said nothing suggested he was capable of the attack on members of Congress, in spite of his often stated, very strong, and well-documented anti-Republican views. "I can't wrap my head around it", Sue Hodgkinson said. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. She told reporters she feels "horrible".
On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.
"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police", Paul said on CNN.
Salter reported from Belleville, Illinois.
SHAPIRO: What have you heard in Belleville from people who knew Hodgkinson? He had access to the facility through Wednesday and arrived less than two hours before the shooting, the YMCA said.