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Acquaintance of Alexandria shooting suspect: 'He could have a short temper'

Acquaintance of Alexandria shooting suspect: 'He could have a short temper'

The shooter, identified as James Hodgkinson of IL, was also taken to a hospital where he died from gunshot wounds.

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, still in his baseball uniform, told reporters a shooter came out to the practice and opened fire, shooting at Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., who plays third base. "She wasn't real specific", said the neighbor, Aaron Meurer.

A congressional aide and a lobbyist were also wounded. Officials said Hodgkinson has been identified as the man who opened fire on Republican lawm.

"Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy, " he said.

"He was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics going on", said Walsh.

In March, Hodgkinson met with sheriff deputies in IL after they received calls that he had fired 50 shots on his property. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help in piecing together Hodgkinson's whereabouts and activities while he was in Alexandria.

"We took off down the street and a Good Samaritan let us into his apartment so we could call 911 and then also call my family", he said. And had volunteered for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Brennwald thought it was odd he never saw Hodgkinson exercise or wear workout clothes and considered asking a staffer about him but never did, he said.

The former mayor of Alexandria, Bill Euille, said he talked with the suspect at the local YMCA most mornings for more than a month, and even tried to help find Hodgkinson a job after seeing he was living out of a gym bag, the Washington Post said. She said the shooting "went on for quite a while".

"I knew he was a Democrat, a pretty hardcore one".




A search of online newspapers shows that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012. Many included complaints about income inequality, the AP reported.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL.

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt.

He had a criminal record, including a 2006 arrest on battery charges, that were later dismissed and multiple traffic violations.

Separately, Hodgkinson had an extensive history of traffic violations and petty offenses in St. Clair County, Illinois, spanning from 1989 to 2011, according to online county court records.

Within hours of the shooting, there was a pop-up Wikipedia page - "2017 Congressional Baseball Shooting" - with more information on the incident than any singular mainstream media news report.

When Hodgkinson refused to stop, Schaumleffel called the sheriff's department.

Hodgkinson's Facebook posts were frequently critical of Trump.

Witnesses told deputies that Hodgkinson burst into the home and told his daughter "to get your stuff". No charges were filed.


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