Those who knew him around Belleville have said nothing suggested he was capable of the attack on members of Congress, in spite of his often stated, very strong, and well-documented anti-Republican views.
Hodgkinson, who posted a slew of anti-Republican and anti-Trump posts on social media over the years, opened fire at the baseball practice in Alexandra, Va., injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others. She says she didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March because she was busy with her job at a tax firm.
Hodgkinson, who had been married to her husband for nearly 30 years, said he had "made preparations to leave" by "selling nearly everything he owned from his business".
In a video report, an emotional Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home she was married to James Hodgkinson for nearly 30 years but they had been apart since March, when he moved to Washington DC. Authorities said James Hodgkinson expressed grievances online about the president and Republicans, but they're still working to determine a concrete motive for the shooting. Zack Barth, a congressional aide, was shot in the calf, treated and released from a hospital. A lobbyist was also wounded and said to be in critical condition following surgery.
U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle and remains hospitalized in good condition, according to The Washington Post. She said Hodgkinson was home all day, and she suspected he left because "he just wanted a break from it".
(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.
Before Hodgkinson emerged from a black SUV that had been parked outside the family home for much of the afternoon, Wagner, the sheriff's deputy, said, "She wants this to end. she's scared to death". She said her estranged husband had sold nearly everything from his business before leaving. "They don't deserve this, I don't deserve this, my daughters don't deserve all this". I don't deserve this.