Shooting suspect recently moved to area; volunteered for Sanders campaign

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She told reporters she feels "horrible".

Federal Bureau of Investigation and other investigators outside Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, scene of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

As a home inspector, Hodgkinson got attention for helping hurricane victims in Florida in 2004. Scalise remains in critical condition, though doctors said Friday his vital signs have stabilized.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were injured during the shooting at about 6 a.m. during a baseball practice for congressional Republicans in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, one day ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game.

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.

Suzanne Hodgkinson talks to members of the media reporters about her husband, James Hodgkinson, as St. Clair County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Richard Wagner, right, listens Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Belleville, Ill. "Had we any indication that Mr. Hodgkinson posed a threat to anyone's safety, we would have taken the appropriate steps to alert U.S. Capitol Police immediately". On social media Hodgkinson made a series of anti-Trump and anti-Republican comments, but so far investigators have not determined whether the man's politics was the motive for the attack.

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The story went on to say that Orear described Hodgkinson as a "quiet guy" who was "very mellow, very reserved" when they stayed overnight at a Sanders's supporter home in Rock Island, Illinois.

"I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", she said. "If they wouldn't have been there, this would have been a massacre of innocent people", he said.

Apparently, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville has two Facebook pages.

In March, Sheriff's deputies came out to Hodgkinson's house in IL after a neighbor reported hearing 50 gunshots. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sanders said Wednesday morning on the Senate floor.

In a 2010 letter, he wrote, "I don't envy the rich; I despise the way they have bought our politicians..."

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