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Friday: Behind the Headlines - A local perspective on the Alexandria shooting

Friday: Behind the Headlines - A local perspective on the Alexandria shooting

Over the course of Thursday's news conference, Hodgkinson did not wish to discuss her husband's politics and asked reporters to leave her neighbors and family alone. Police said that he had a valid license for the weapon, and that he agreed to stop when they told him to.

James Hodgkinson had a history of domestic violence and also a long list of minor offenses in his home county, most of which were tossed out, according to the AP.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

Also wounded in the attack were Congressional staffer Zachary Barth, Tyson Foods' Director of Government Relations Matt Mika, and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner.

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

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 last spring.

"I thought he was a new homeless person" in the neighborhood, Robishaw said.

A few days later Hodgkinson left for Washington, living out of a van, showering in the morning at the YMCA in Alexandria, just across the street from the baseball field.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old former home builder and lead removal contractor, had run-ins with police but no felony convictions.




"If the shooter has a serious health condition then is taking potshots at the GOP house leadership considered self defense?" tweeted writer Malcolm Harris, whose work has been featured in The Washington Post.

Five innocent people were shot in the attack, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise.

"He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District. Bernie Sanders, who a year ago made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

According to his Facebook page, Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Sanders, the feisty independent who nearly defeated Hillary Clinton previous year in a tough fight for the Democratic White House nomination.

"When Sue talked about the kids, it was always 'I wanted it, ' it was never 'we, '" Vicki Knepper said.

James T. Hodgkinson raged against Donald Trump and the Republican establishment in a number of social media posts. "Just because I disagree with him doesn't mean I can't be a compassionate human being".

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.

The U.S. House of Representatives resumed normal business activities Thursday after sharply curtailing them following the shootings.


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