Who was James Hodgkinson? More about the man behind the congressional shooting


The charges were eventually dismissed, but witnesses told deputies Hodgkinson grabbed the girl by the hair and threw her on the floor.

Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was shot dead by Capitol Police after he opened fire on congressmen Wednesday in Alexandria, Va. James told her that he was going to Washington, D.C.to "work on taxes" and "change the tax brackets", she said.

He attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and through the end of past year worked for JTH Inspections, the Facebook page indicates. But the sign for JTH Inspections still stands at the beginning of her driveway.

Sue Hodgkinson, the accused gunman's wife, told reporters Thursday she was shocked by her husband's actions, saying, "I can't believe he did this". "I can't wrap my head around it", Hodgkinson said.

Hodgkinson was interviewed at an "Occupy" rally in 2011 in St. Louis by a local news station. In this April 17, 2012, photo, James Hodgkinson of Belleville protests outside of the United States Post Office in Downtown Belleville, Ill.

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I've hesitated to draw conclusions until we hear more from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but between Hodgkinson's social media accounts and this outburst the day before the shooting it really seems as if political rage was the one constant.

"There are a number of different indications now that this was a pre-meditated situation", Franks said Friday on CNN's "OutFront", though he declined to discuss the reported list.

Jim Guetterman owns about 200 hectares of corn and soybeans behind Hodgkinson's house. He had been a volunteer in the Democratic primary campaign of Sen. As I walk across the parking lot to the auto, a gentleman approaches me and says, 'Can you tell me, the team today, is that Democrats or Republicans?' I told him it was the Republicans and he said, 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around. The Daily Caller first reported that Hodgkinson had a note listing members of Congress on his person.

Hodgkinson was armed with a 7.62-caliber rifle and a 9-mm handgun. He let his business license expire and moved to the Washington, DC area in March, where he reportedly lived out of his white cargo van and frequented the YMCA in Alexandria located next to the baseball field. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his auto. "From everything we've known in our interactions with him, he never tipped off and gave any indication that he was violent in any way".

In the wake of this tragedy, all we can do is pray for the continued healing of Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise and give thanks that the lives of Congressmen Brooks and Palmer and so many others were spared Wednesday morning.