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

Darrell Mcdonald | 17 June, 2017, 11:24

A list found on the body of James Hodgkinson, the suspect in Wednesday's shooting at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field, revealed the names of three Republican lawmakers, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

Once Trump won the election, Hodgkinson continued his protests, moving to Washington D.C, where he lived out of his auto so he could continue the fight, ABC New reports. Capitol Police officers returned fire, and Hodgkinson was fatally wounded.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said.

"He said, 'I understand, ' and said he needed to take the gun to a range to shoot it, Watson said". And she suggested that maybe he wanted a break from living with their - her daughter's child who was living with them in their home.

It has been said that politics is a blood sport.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector and activist who volunteered on the presidential campaign of Sen.

Hodgkinson wrote above a photo of Handel: "Republican Bitch Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go!" Hodgkinson had been in the Virginia area since March.

In the past year, many of his posts consisted of signed petitions with titles such as: "Bernie - please run no matter what" and "Hillary Rodham Clinton should concede the nomination to Bernie Sanders;" CNN reported.

Even more unbelievable, Rep. Brooks was standing not far from the 3 base line awaiting his turn at bat as the shooter started his attack only a few yards away, in the 3 base dugout.

In Alexandria, across the Potomac River from Washington, the YMCA is a neighborhood hub across the street from the field where Hodgkinson shot Republican Representative Steve Scalise, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and a police officer. (Ironically, the game the congressmen were preparing for is a traditionally friendly rivalry between the two parties.) At times like this, myriad questions arise. One neighbor told us that he and his family really kept to themselves.

"President Donald Trump visited Scalise in the hospital, afterward tweeting in part: "...

Scalise, who was reportedly shot in the hip, underwent surgery on Wednesday morning. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of US Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", his office said in a statement.

Congressional staffer Zach Barth was shot in the leg and has since been released from the hospital.

Sources tell ABC News that the primary weapon used in shooting was a SKS 7.62 assault style rifle. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

The FBI is investigating the situation and is looking into Hodgkinson's exact motive.

The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and once frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL house.

Missing some content? Care to comment? Tickets for the game were selling at the rate of 500 per hour following the shooting, with proceeds benefiting a number of local charities.

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