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

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

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

Five innocent people were shot in the attack, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise.

Hodgkinson had run-ins with the law and did not appear to live a stable life before police shot and killed him during the firefight on the baseball field. Duncan said he told him it was a Republican ball practice, and Hodgkinson started to shoot them.

"I had no idea he was going to do this.I can't wrap my head around it", Sue Hodgkinson said Thursday at an afternoon news conference outside her Belleville home.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said.

"I just want you to all go away and leave my neighbors in peace", she said. "There's nothing I could do about it", she said, adding that she felt "horrible, horrible".

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector and activist who volunteered on the presidential campaign of Sen. He told her he was going to Washington DC to "change the tax brackets" and "work on taxes", she said. In 2006, Hodgkinson was "observed throwing" his daughter "around the bedroom", a police report said.

Two of Hodgkinson's victims were severely wounded. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates. Scalise remained in critical condition on Friday although his condition has improved, doctors said.

On March 24, Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home.

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Also wounded in the attack were Congressional staffer Zachary Barth, Tyson Foods' Director of Government Relations Matt Mika, and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was present at the shooting, commended the Capitol Police for their protection and quick response.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Wednesday that Hodgkinson showed the deputy all required firearms licenses and documentation for the high-powered hunting rifle, which he said he was simply using for target practice. They won't look down on the fact that he, you know, he did wrong.

Wagner said there was no way to predict that Hodgkinson would take such violent action.

The FBI also recovered a cell phone, a computer and a camera in the shooter's van and is processing the items, according to a statement the agency issued on Thursday.

Both Duncan and Brooks attended Wednesday's baseball practice.

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