Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

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

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She said Hodgkinson made preparations for leaving, selling nearly everything he owned from his businesses before the trip.

She said she believed he was going to return to the Metro East from Washington soon because he was out of money. Two incredibly courageous Capitol Police officers were also injured along with a House aide.

Hodgkinson's home state of IL has a broadly similar provision, said Ari Freilich, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.

Hodgkinson says her husband prepared for his trip to Washington by selling everything he owned from his home-inspection business.

Investigators may get some clues as to Hodgkinson's motivation by talking to family members and others who knew him. "I can't wrap my head around it", she said, trembling as she clung to the arm of St. Clair County Deputy Richard Wagner. "And I just want my neighbors to be in peace, and you guys leave them alone".

Sue added that she is exhausted of the media frenzy surrounding the shooting, specifically media members who have been camped outside her home.

Hodgkinson also said her daughter had recently moved back home and has a 2-year-old child, and that her husband was home all day with them and "just wanted a break from it".

Hodgkinson told his wife he was going to Washington to "work with people to change the tax brackets", she said.

"He said, 'I understand, ' and said he needed to take the gun to a range to shoot it, Watson said". Scalise was undergoing his third surgery on Thursday, but sources have said his life is not in jeopardy. He is reported to be in critical condition.

They are no more responsible for yesterday's attack than pro-life groups are when abortionists are targeted, or Sarah Palin was when former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot (some on the left blamed her because of Sarah PAC's map of targeted congressional races with cross hairs). At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates.

Of those hospitalized after the shooting, Scalise remained in critical condition early Thursday, according to officials at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Special Agent Crystal Griner, U.S. Capitol Police also was treated and remained in good condition Thursday.

House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was shot in the hip.

Capitol Police officers at the scene Wednesday morning returned fire, wounding Hodgkinson. Among them was Mike Mika of Tyson Foods, and Zack Barth, a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Wednesday that Hodgkinson showed the deputy all required firearms licenses and documentation for the high-powered hunting rifle, which he said he was simply using for target practice.

"This is a powder keg right now, so everyone in authority has to be very careful with the words the say", said Nina Turner, a former Democratic state senator from OH and a high-profile Sanders supporter. "She had come over to get away from them".

Democratic leaders during Trump's presidency have never encouraged their supporters to take violent action, and all of them universally condemned Wednesday's shooting while re-affirming the need for comity in the tragedy's aftermath. They've also found a cell phone, a computer and camera in a white van that the Federal Bureau of Investigation says he was living in in Alexandria since March.

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