Shooter of Republican lawmakers a fan of leftist Sanders

FBI Seeking Information on Congressional Baseball Shooter

James, who is from Belleville, allegedly injured two and wounded four when he opened fire on Republican members of Congress Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia as they practiced for the Congressional baseball game.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others when he turned the quiet park into a war zone.

He attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and through the end of a year ago worked for JTH Inspections, the Facebook page indicates. But the sign for JTH Inspections still stands at the beginning of her driveway. She told reporters her husband left IL for March to go work on taxes and that he talked a lot about politics in his daily life. Sue Hodgkinson said she felt "horrible", saying, "I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it".

"I've known him pretty well all of my life", he said. He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

Calling himself a democratic socialist on his Facebook page, Hodgkinson had bashed Republicans for their health care and pro-rich policies.

Former Alexandria mayor Bill Euille told The Washington Post he'd seen Hodgkinson use the showers at a local YMCA gym and said he appeared to be homeless.

Jim Guetterman owns about 200 hectares of corn and soybeans behind Hodgkinson's house.

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"Tasha assumed it was because of them living there.... when your daughter returns home things kind of flip upside down, [the Hodgkinsons] were retired", explained Knepper's mother, Victoria Knepper, from her home in Saint Libory, Illinois, about 30 minutes east of Belleville.

"I was shocked", she said.

The ATF is running a trace on two weapons, to include a rifle and a handgun. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his vehicle. President Trump said we should unite on this, and he's right.

The deputy cautioned Hodgkinson about shooting around homes, given that the rounds can travel up to a mile. He had a long list of charges - traffic violations, fleeing police, assault - all without convictions. He thought about asking a staffer about him but never did.

Schaumleffel seemed to think the 2016 election enraged Hodgkinson: "He was getting even with whomever got into office he didn't like - he was going to take some of them out".

US Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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