Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy, says Wife


James Hodgkinson opened fire at the Congressional baseball practice on Wednesday morning, shooting four people and critically wounding majority whip Steve Scalise.

In the hours after the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, a picture began to emerge of an attacker with a mostly minor arrest record who worked as a home inspector and despised the Republican Party.

Police congregate near the home of shooter James Hodgkinson in Illinois, US. As the Los Angeles Times points out, it is Trump supporters that tied Bernie Sanders to the shooting in Virginia by using a fake quote.

Mr Sanders condemned Hodgkinson's actions on Wednesday.

Social media posts also revealed more details about Hodgkinson and his politics.

Hodgkinson, who spent most of his life in the community of 42,000 just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, compared the economic conditions of the time to those that preceded the Great Depression and excoriated Congress for not increasing the number of tax brackets and taking other tax reform measures.

"He would get politically aggressive". That was Hodgkinson back in 2011 at an "Occupy Wall Street" protest. The shooter had published a derogatory cartoon about Mr. Scalise on his Facebook page.

Hodgkinson was arrested for battery, domestic battery and discharging a firearm in April 2006. The charges were dismissed later that year, according to the court clerk.

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After getting out of a black SUV that drove down Rolling Hills Lane from the Hodgkinson home, Sue Hodgkinson stood next to a federal agent in front of a gaggle of reporters.

Schaumleffel reported hearing about 50 shots. Hodgkinson and Hodgkinson alone is to blame for yesterday's shooting. "I just felt sympathy for him", Euille said. And the county that I'm in right now, St. Clair County, is politically purple.

"I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it". 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.

"I just don't know what to tell you people".

"The only thing I was concerned about was that it was such a high-powered gun, and that somebody could possibly get hurt".

Euille said Hodgkinson was "very polite, engaging when he wanted to be".

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

"It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary".