Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

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

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

The shooter who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice on Wednesday had a list of several Republican representatives in his pocket, according to officials briefed on the FBI investigation.

It's not clear if the piece of paper, which contained five names and descriptions, was a list of intended targets, NBC News reported. Investigators have not determined the objective of the list and they are still trying to determine its meaning.

Scalise (R-Jefferson) remains in critical condition after being struck in the left hip and rushed to a Washington hospital.

According to Moreland, his daughter told her that Hodgkinson was always angry. She said she thought her husband, James Hodgkinson, had gone to the Washington area to work on tax policy.

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.

"It's pure speculation what was in this guy's head", O'Connor said. "I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", Suzanne Hodgkinson told a scrum of reporters near her home. "There's nothing I could do about it". "I can't help you at all".

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. He was shot by a responding officer and later died from his wounds.

News reports surfaced Thursday that a previous foster child of the Hodgkinson's had committed suicide by self-immolation and another child had been abused by Hodgkinson and taken away from him.

"He was out of money", Mrs. Hodgkinson said. The bureau said it had recovered a cell phone, computer, and camera in the van. Police say the guns were legal, and he carried the required Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification card.

His page was filled with references to Mr Sanders, who has called on Democrats to endorse more progressive politics since losing the race for the party nomination to Mrs Hillary Clinton previous year.

"We're just not sure at this time" how he spent his time, he said. He had also posted inflammatory messages opposing the presidency of Donald Trump and articulated support for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Hodgkinson's social media posts painted a picture of disdain for the Republican Party and President Trump.

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