Man Who Shot Congressman Was Living in Van, Called a Loner

17 June, 2017, 11:29 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Man Who Shot Congressman Was Living in Van, Called a Loner

In March, Sheriff's deputies came out to Hodgkinson's house in IL after a neighbor reported hearing 50 gunshots.

Though there are no other legal problems listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as March 24. The gunman was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of IL.

Hodgkinson is originally from Belleville, Illinois - 800 miles from where the 66-year-old opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a Virginia baseball field. Capitol police guarding the House majority whip then fatally shot Hodgkinson.

(Kaley Johnson/Belleville News-Democrat via AP). One was Joe Theismann's Restaurant, where staffers said one waitress recalled seeing Hodgkinson.

Hodgkinson lived in Rep. John Shimkus' district. Fellow YMCA patrons saw him there most mornings working on his laptop. "We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good", he said. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL.

Representative Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, was shot yesterday by a rifle-wielding gunman at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC. "They were shooting at each other ..."

The finger-pointing came even as lawmakers on both sides called for unity, comity and a more civil political discourse.

"It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary. There was so much anger in it".

Former congressional staffer Matt Mika was shot multiple times in the chest and arm and "requires assistance to breathe", according to his family.

His likes on his Facebook are also revealing: the Human Rights Campaign, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and the most vitriolic so-called comedy shows like "The Daily Show".

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"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone about it.

Social media accounts that appear to be affiliated with Hodgkinson show a man deeply connected to liberal politics and distrustful of Republican-controlled Washington.

Editor's note: This report was prepared by the Belleville News-Democrat and is being re-printed here with permission. Clinton criticized Sanders on the issue as her husband, Bill Clinton, signed the bill in 1993. When the girl's boyfriend arrived on the scene, police said Hodgkinson aimed a shotgun at him and later fired one round. Charges in that case were dismissed. Friends describe him as a normal guy who was "a passionate progressive". Police took the teen foster daughter to the station until she could be picked up by her sister, and the state took custody away from the Hodgkinsons a couple of months later.

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

Watson said the deputy on Wednesday recalled Hodgkinson as being "very cordial".

At the YMCA, Hodgkinson was nondescript: he always wore black trousers and golf shirts, sometimes beige, sometimes gray, sometimes black.

"I've obviously noticed a very different tone, but I don't think it's helpful" to blame one side or the other, Cramer said.

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.

"We've reported to police that there was a gentleman that confronted us when we were going to our vehicle and he wanted to know whether it was Republicans or Democrats that were out there", DeSantis told Fox News. His demeanor was "calm", witness Falisa Peoples said.

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