Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity

Gunman attacks GOP lawmakers Greg Nash
Doris Mccormick | 16 June, 2017, 05:42

Local Republicans and Democrats are calling for unity after condemning the shooting that critically injured U.S. Rep Steve Scalise.

Whatever the motive of the shooter at a congressional baseball practice, some Republicans say they're being threatened like never before. He died from injuries sustained in a shoot-out with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene in Alexandria, Virginia. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson had apparently been among many volunteers on his 2016 campaign.

Sue Hodgkinson spoke to reporters Thursday outside her IL home.

Those who knew him say nothing suggested he was capable of such an attack regardless of his strong anti-republican views.

"He said, 'I understand, ' and said he needed to take the gun to a range to shoot it, Watson said".

Hodgkinson, 66, a former home inspector, left an ample trail, both online and in his uprooting from IL to Virginia.

Hodgkinson had been known by his friends to be a staunch Senator Bernie Sanders supporter, and very anti-Trump. She says she learned her husband was involved when she received a call from a news reporter.

"I'm sorry that he did this", she added.

In the hours after the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, a picture began to emerge of a shooter with a mostly minor arrest record who worked as a home inspector and despised the Republican Party.

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Frum describes himself as a conservative Republican who supported former President Ronald Reagan. This is not true . "Obviously, this man should never have been in possession of a firearm".


"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said.

Suzanne Hodgkinson, speaking for the first time, said her husband had told her he was going to Washington to lobby 'to change the tax laws'.

"We're just not sure at this time" how he spent his time, he said. On March 24, responding officers of the St Clair County Sheriff's Department encountered him shooting 50 rounds in a pine forest near Belleville.

Though no other legal problems are listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as late March.

Hodgkinson, a 1968 Belleville West graduate, has had a troubled life.

Rep Bost mentioned that while Hodgkinson had been left-leaning in his communications through more than a dozen emails and phone calls, the conversations had always been delivered "never with any threats, only anger".

Calhoun went to kindergarten with Hodgkinson at Henry Raab Elementary School in Belleville.

Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle but the charges were later dismissed, records show.

As a Republican in super-liberal Santa Clara County, Soule said she and her fellow party members were anxious for their safety.

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