Dozens of reporters have been stationed outside Hodgkinson’s two-storey house on the outskirts of Belleville since he was first named in media reports on Wednesday morning. As I walk across the parking lot to the auto, a gentleman approaches me and says, ‘Can you tell me, the team today, is that Democrats or Republicans?’ I told him it was the Republicans and he said, ‘OK, thanks, ‘ and turned around.
Hodgkinson is believed by investigators to have been a person “of strong views”, a senior U.S. official said. Hodgkinson moved from Belleville to Alexandria, Virginia, not long after Schaumleffel’s “shots fired” call, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported.
Two now-inaccessible Facebook accounts under the name of James Hodgkinson and purporting to be located in Belleville, Ill., were full of posts supporting Sanders and opposing President Trump. Scalise and the other legislators present at the baseball practice-including Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) -were saved when Scalise’s security detail fired back at Hodgkinson.
Sue Hodgkinson spoke to reporters Thursday outside her IL home.
“We wanted to make sure we hadn’t missed a sign, that we hadn’t failed in our duty to report”, Bost said. “I talked to a lot of people throughout yesterday who went to school with him and said everything was he was always just a normal guy, kind of quiet”. Brennwald thought it was odd he never saw Hodgkinson exercise or wear workout clothes and considered asking a staffer about him but never did, he said.
“I am sickened by this despicable act“, Bernie Sanders said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined both were purchased legally, the FBI said Thursday. Capitol Police officers returned fire, and Hodgkinson was fatally wounded.
Texas Rep. Roger Williams said one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to recover fully.
Among the questions investigators are looking to answer: How did Hodgkinson know about the congressional baseball practice, and was he targeting anyone specifically?