Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

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The Associated Press reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a van and not working.

Scalise was shot as GOP congressmen practiced early Wednesday for their annual charity baseball game, which pits Republicans against Democrats to raise money for three local charities.

(AP Photo/ Ben Finley).

In a video report, an emotional Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home she was married to James Hodgkinson for nearly 30 years but they had been apart since March, when he moved to Washington DC.

His wife, Sue Hodgkinson, spoke publicly on Thursday evening for the first time since the shooting. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself.

Before James Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March, he sold almost everything he owned from his businesses. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL. High-ranking Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized. They said he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL; he canceled his YMCA membership a day before the shooting; and had talked to a local garage about getting his van ready for the trip.

"I don't want to answer these questions about his politics", she said. He had also branded Mr Trump a "traitor". He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight.

"He was going to see about getting a job with Bernie Sanders because he politicked for him when he was running for office", Kaiser said.

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Schaumleffel never actually knew Hodgkinson said now he'd never forget the day he was out there shooting. He's faced a charge of battery, for example, but that was later dropped. He allegedly punched a woman who was a friend of the girl.

"He was in the outfield", Williams said about Barth during a news conference on Wednesday.

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

The FBI says the shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, was killed by police. He worked on his laptop and sipped coffee, rarely joining in the political discussions often set off by the TV.

The gunman's brother, Mr Michael Hodgkinson, said: "I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff". Yet not all Republicans saw it the same way, with many accusing Democrats of stoking violence on the left.

She said she didn't necessarily consider his departure odd.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said Wednesday on the Senate floor. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. "I just talked with him about a month ago or two months ago, '" said Kaiser. After the girl broke free, Hodgkinson followed and "started hitting her arms, pulling her hair, and started grabbing her off the bed".