Scalise Shooting Tests Bernie Sanders' Movement


Suzanne Hodgkinson, who spoke to the press at her home Thursday afternoon, said she had "no idea" her husband was going to shoot at people during a practice for a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The 66-year-old gunman had shot Senior United States Congressman Steve Scalise and injured four others before he was shot by police.

The 66-year-old IL man who opened fire early Wednesday on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game, raged against President Trump and once singled out House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded in the attack. "I am sickened by this despicable act", he said on the floor. "Real change can only come about through non-violent action and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values".

Hodgkinson was arrested in 2006 on two counts of battery for striking a man in the face with a wood shotgun stock and for punching a woman with his fist. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded.

Hodgkinson, who had been quite vocal about his opposition against US President Donald Trump on many anti-Republican groups on Facebook, including "The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans", "Terminate The Republican Party", and "Donald Trump is not my President".

Until recently, Hodgkinson managed a home inspection business in Belleville, Illinois, just across the MIssissippi river from St. Louis. She told reporters she feels "horrible".

Senator Bernie Sanders condemned the shooting and said the suspect "apparently volunteered" on his presidential campaign.

Hodgkinson, who was shot by police and later died of his wounds, bought the 7.62 caliber rifle and the 9 mm handgun that were recovered at the scene of the shooting from federally licensed gun dealers.

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A search of online newspapers show that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

His last post, which he made Monday evening, repeatedly described the president as as "assh*le" in reaction to a news story he shared about Cabinet members praising Trump during a meeting.

In March, Hodgkinson met with sheriff deputies in IL after they received calls that he had fired 50 shots on his property.

The shooter's widow refused to answer questions about her husband's politics.

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

Dale Walsh grew up with Hodgkinson, and knew him as Thomas.

"I don't know what to say about it".