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

Owen Mccarthy | 17 June, 2017, 11:30

Married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years, she declined to answer questions about his politics and whether they had consumed him.

"You just wonder if he just flipped".

Asked if she had a message for any of the four people injured in the attack, Sue Hodgkinson said: "I don't even know who was shot. I can't wrap my head around it", Hodgkinson said. What did she say? They said he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL; he canceled his YMCA membership a day before the shooting; and had talked to a local garage about getting his van ready for the trip. She was flanked by a local county deputy when standing in front of a plethora of microphones.

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt.

James Tom Hodgkinson was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, one of three children.

An acquaintance of the man who shot at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday morning said he was "shocked" to hear about the incident.

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Sue Hodgkinson also told reporters she knew nothing about her husband buying weapons before leaving on the extended trip, which the widow claims she did not find particularly odd.

"I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it. The FBI has issued a seeking information poster that's located on our website, asking the public to come forward with information on the shooter", FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater said in a press conference Wednesday evening.

A complaint had also been made against Hodgkinson in March this year after he fired 50 rounds into a wooded area near homes. Hodgkinson, who died in return fire from police, was a 66-year-old activist who volunteered with Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. And, in late March, the authorities said he relocated to Alexandria, just south of Washington. And he said James T. Hodgkinson actually went by Thomas or Tommy.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

"We were panicked and when I tried to reverse, I hit neutral instead and he opened my vehicle door and hit me, and then came to her auto door and pulled out a knife and cut her seatbelt and dragged her out. I go down to the post office quite often, and he would be there collecting signatures on things he was for, and if you weren't of his opinion, he'd be very agitated", McClenahan said. "They don't deserve this, I don't deserve this, my daughters don't deserve all this".

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