We focused this week's segment on the local connection to the shooting, which was perpetrated by a 66-year-old man from Belleville, James T. Hodgkinson. Steve Scalise and three others at an Alexandria, Virginia, park Wednesday morning (June 15) told reporters she had no idea what her husband had planned and was sorry he did it, according to television stations in St. Louis and other news sources. At the time of the shooting Scalise, the third highest-ranking member of the House of Representatives, was being protected by Capitol Police security detail.
"He wanted to go up there to work with people to change the tax brackets", she said.
SUZANNE HODGKINSON: I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it.
Timothy Slater, head of the Criminal Division of the FBI's Washington field office, said Wednesday that the gunman's motives were still under investigation.
"Something about this guy rubbed ne the wrong way when I was purchasing a home after moving here from Mexico", the reviewer said. "There's nothing I could do about it".
At an emotional press conference outside the couple's home in Belleville, Illinois, Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words to describe events running up to the shooting and said her husband, known also as Tom, had told her he had gone to the nation's capital to "work on taxes".More news: Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery
Those neighbors said Hodgkinson had been away from his home on what they thought was a long trip.
Bill Bryant, former Seattle Port Commissioner and recent Washington gubernatorial challenger to Jay Inslee, told Todd Herman there is a lot of hateful rhetoric coming from both sides of the aisle.
Hodgkinson is believed by investigators to have been a person "of strong views", a senior U.S. official said. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.
The ATF is running a trace on two weapons, to include a rifle and a handgun. A lobbyist was also wounded and said to be in critical condition following surgery. Staffer Zack BarthZack Barth, a legislative correspondent for Austin Congressman Roger Williams, was shot in the calf.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner reflected on those interactions and said, "He never tipped us off or gave any indication that he was violent in any way". It must be said that Sanders took to the floor of the Senate immediately and denounced the shooter's actions in the clearest and strongest terms possible.