A list of Republican names was found on the body of the gunman who opened fire on congressmen and staffers at a baseball field in Virginia. This week, we're focusing on the local connection to the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, which was perpetrated by a 66-year-old man from Belleville.
Hodgkinson died at a hospital after he was shot by return fire from Capitol Police officers, who were one hand at the baseball field for the GOP practice ahead of Thursday's Congressional game. He remains in critical condition.
"I had no idea he was going to do this.I can't wrap my head around it", Sue Hodgkinson said Thursday at an afternoon news conference outside her Belleville home. He says Hodgkinson told him Trump screwed up the nation "more than anyone in the history of this country".
"I was under the impression he was going down there to protest", said his niece, Michelle Travous. She said he sold nearly everything from his businessese prior to leaving. "There's nothing I could do about it".
There were other signs that something was off with Hodkinson before he left - Suzanne said her husband of thirty years "made preparations" and "sold everything he owned" to get ready for his trip. "He was home all day long, I think he just wanted a break". He had published anti-Republican tirades in the newspaper and on social media.
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The gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others during an early morning baseball practice had apparently been living out of a white cargo van for months and was frequently seen working on a computer at a nearby YMCA, where he kept mostly to himself.
One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits.
Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps.
Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left". Roll Call reported that the Alexandria Police, the Capitol Police, the FBI, and the ATF released a joint statement, which said, "ATF has conducted traces on these weapons and has determined that both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees". "Various people told me that".
Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.