The “anti-Trump” radical who was killed by police after opening fire on a Republican Congressional baseball practice was an abusive foster dad to two teenage girls, one who committed suicide by burning herself to death, reports the New York Post. Scalise remains in critical condition, though doctors said today his vital signs have stabilized.
In this April 17, 2012, photo, James Hodgkinson of Belleville protests outside of the United States Post Office in Downtown Belleville, Ill. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.
While agreeing Richmond about the noxious tone of the national discourse, several of Richmond’s counterparts said they see occasional threats as an unfortunate but largely unavoidable part of their jobs as representatives of the people, positions that require them to be available to local citizens and travel regularly back to their home districts.
Hodgkinson, who was armed with a handgun and a rifle, died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Officer Griner U.S. Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle but is in good condition, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa.
Mark wrote that “the 66-year-old Belleville, Illinois, man owned a home inspection business and appeared to be a fervent supporter of progressive politics and a Trump critic”.
Those who knew Hodgkinson say he was unhappy with the political direction of the country but they never expected him to turn violent.
SHAPIRO: I understand the wife of the shooter spoke to reporters for the first time since the attack.
It happened while Republican congressmen were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.
Investigators studying Wednesday’s attack at a suburban Virginia park said Thursday that shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. “I responded that it was the Republican team practicing, and he proceeded to shoot Republicans”, Duncan said the day of the shooting. Police said that he had a valid license for the weapon, and that he agreed to stop when they told him to.
“He was very to himself, very aloof… he didn’t show a lot of emotion to Eli… you’d think when your grandson is hugging you [you’d show some some emotion]”, Knepper said.
Hodgkinson, who volunteered for Sen.
The Democrats won the game 11 to 2.
While in Alexandria, Hodgkinson regularly visited Pork Barrel, a BBQ restaurant in Del Ray, Alexandria.
Authorities say he was unknown to the Secret Service… He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.