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

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By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL.

Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field, officials said. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican. And back in November, Hillary Clinton beat Trump by a few thousand votes, so it was very close. His voice got loud and deep.

Doctors said Friday that Scalise had a second surgery on Thursday and although he remains in critical condition, his condition has improved. But the fact he targeted Republican members of Congress suggests strongly that he was upset with them - and that he believed killing some of them was an appropriate reaction to his displeasure. "As members of Congress, we are not Democrats and Republicans today; we are simply public servants". It's now apparent that his actions were a well-planned political assassination attempt aimed at murdering three very conservative Republican Congressmen, including Alabama's Mo Brooks. But he said he was a passionate person who occasionally got into fights. Duncan said he told him it was Republicans.

Not mentioned: In 2002, according to police records, Hodgkinson became the foster father of a girl whom he allegedly abused.

"He was home all day long". He's faced a charge of battery, for example, but that was later dropped.

She said she wasn't sure if there was a catalyst for him leaving.

Ten years earlier, a foster daughter committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire inside her auto, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

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James Hodgkinson, 66, disappeared from the downstate community earlier this year, authorities say.

Dana Rieck, a breaking news reporter with the Belleville News-Democrat, will join the program to talk about community reaction and the paper's extensive local reporting on the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson. He worked on his laptop and sipped coffee, rarely joining in the political discussions often set off by the TV. "I can't wrap my head around it", she said. And she said she had no idea what exactly he was doing while he was gone. "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".

He retrieved a rifle and opened fire. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.

"There's just no way that I would have guessed that this guy would be shooting at law enforcement and a congressman", said Brennwald, an attorney.

Hodgkinson was not psychotic, according to his friends and acquaintances, although he apparently had anger issues.

- Alex (@PlancksLaw) June 14, 2017If the shooter has a serious health condition then is taking potshots at the GOP house leadership considered self defense?