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Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

The incident in March was not Hodgkinson's first run-in with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. Sanders says in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act".

She and a friend attempted to flee by vehicle, but Hodgkinson allegedly "opened the door, cut the ignition and used a pocketknife to cut the seatbelt", according to the News-Democrat.

The 66-year-old was from Belleville, Illinois, a small city just across the Mississippi River from the city of St Louis, Missouri.

The Daily Beast is reporting that Hodgkinson called Republicans "racist & sexist" on his Facebook page."Trump is a Traitor", Hodgkinson wrote in a May 22 Facebook post. Hodgkinson had been in the Virginia area since March.

"My husband had yelled at him because the kids were outside and everything and he didn't stop", she said. "If there were two people that I had to pick out who would be the person who would go out and do what he did today, I would have never picked him in the line-up".

"I think it's a sad state of affairs for people to exploit a tragedy like this for their own political ends", he said.

Hodgkinson said repeatedly that she saw no signs her husband was planning violence. None of the victims injured in the attack were on the list, the law enforcement source said. He said Hodgkinson's wife left for work in the morning. Sanders also wished a "quick and full recovery" for Representative Scalise, his staff, and the capitol police officers wounded in the shooting. A former congressional aide was hospitalized.

"I just want to let people know that he wasn't evil, that he was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics that are going on".

The special agent in charge of the FBI's investigation said there was no immediate indication of the shooter's motive, and that it was too early to tell if Republicans were targeted.

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"It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", it said. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. "There's nothing I could do about it", she said, adding that she felt "horrible, horrible". And he was just as politically active online as he was in person.

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

Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business, which he dissolved on January 10, according to Secretary of State corporate records. Bernie Sanders, an independent who a year ago made an unsuccessful presidential bid.

It was also revealed that he volunteered for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Arguing for a more progressive federal income tax, Hodgkinson was known to have attended protests in his hometown as well.

Court records show that Hodgkinson's legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

That is when Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet (150 meters) behind Hodgkinson's home.

A picture of the shooter James Hodgkinson. "I can not believe it", she said.

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