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

Posted June 16, 2017

A former congressional aide was hospitalized.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and made a decision to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball".

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.

One of the first casualties of politically charged tragedies like this one is consistency. He died later at a Washington, D.C. -area hospital.

Hodgkinson was arrested for battery, domestic battery and discharging a firearm in April 2006. "The charges were dismissed".

There were also signs a business he started in 1994 under the name "Accurate Appraisals and Home Inspection Service, Inc.", and later JTH Services, Inc., was faltering.

Hodgkinson also appears to have written letters to the News-Democrat for several years. County employees say the witnessed a concerning side to Hodgkinson.

"He was barred from the grants department offices for unacceptable behavior", Kern said.

Sue spoke in front of her Belleville, Illinois home and expressed her shock at what happened.

Hodgkinson, meanwhile, was becoming increasingly active in politics.

An online search of newspapers shows that he frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012.

The teenager's mother entered the fray, hitting her daughter, pulling her hair to get her out of the vehicle and threatening to put her back into foster care, the report said.

He volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who condemned the attack Wednesday.

Sue Hodgkinson said she felt "horrible".

The office of Republican Rep. Mike Bost, whose district includes Belleville, said it had a record of 10 contacts with Hodgkinson between June 2016 and last month.

"My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police - public servants and heroes today and every day", she wrote on Twitter. It became apparent after the shooting that Hodgkinson had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media. He joined a series of Facebook groups that spread biting political cartoons and nasty memes and frequently attacked the president from behind the keyboard.

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson posted a cartoon on Facebook explaining "How does a bill work?"

In recent weeks comedian Kathy Griffin was censured by both Democrats and Republicans for a photo shoot holding a fake severed head resembling Trump.

Doyle put his hand on Barton's shoulder several times as the Republican, who was at the practice with his son, recalled the horror of realizing that friends and co-workers were under attack.

"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. "There's houses over there".

Sue Hodgkinson said when he prepared to leave Illinois, James sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses.

A few days later Hodgkinson left for Washington, living out of a van, showering in the morning at the YMCA in Alexandria, just across the street from the baseball field.

(Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat, via AP).

President Donald Trump says that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized. "I'm going to do everything I can to make it stop".