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17 June, 2017, 11:29 | Author: Rickey Alvarado

Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practising for a baseball game on Wednesday, was a fervent fan of leftist Senator Bernie Sanders and angered by the policies of US President Donald Trump.

Hodgkinson continued to post blistering Facebook assessments of Mr Trump and the Republicans in charge in Washington.

Investigators were looking into why Hodgkinson came to the Washington, D.C. area in the first place, and how much premeditation was involved.

Bill Schaumleffel, who lives near Hodgkinson's home, said he was outside shooting a rifle that day and wouldn't stop. "I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm", he said. "He made some off-hand comments about politics and I mentioned being a conservative, and he thought I was an idiot for that reason". "I think it's bad", Reis said.

A half-dozen patrons gathered at the tavern Thursday afternoon for the $1 taco special and to shoot pool said Hodgkinson didn't hang out there and wasn't known to them.

Two of Hodgkinson's victims were severely wounded. A police report states he had license to shoot the weapon and wasn't charged in the incident.

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According to the complaint, Hodgkinson had fired shots outside a home and punched his daughter in the face. Officer BaileyCapitol Police Officer David Bailey received a minor injury but was not shot, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. Staffer Zack BarthZack Barth, a legislative correspondent for Austin Congressman Roger Williams, was shot in the calf.

"I had no idea this was about to happen", she said of the shooting, which seemed to target Republican congressmen. The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle.

"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off", said lifelong friend Dale Walsh, 65.

"The 99 per cent are getting pushed around and the one per cent don't give a damn", said Hodgkinson in the 2011 video. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant.

"I, you know, I just don't know what to tell you people", she said. "I know he wasn't happy when Trump got elected but he seemed like a nice enough guy", one neighbor of the IL man said, according to the profile written by Business Insider's Michelle Mark. His Facebook page shows that he was a fan of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who a year ago made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hodgkinson had been angry about income inequality and conservatism.

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