Who knows what mixture of madness and circumstance causes someone to pick up a gun and go on a rampage?
So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
Wounded U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey set aside one of his crutches and threw out the game’s first pitch.
Sue Hodgkinson stood unsteady and emotional as a local sheriff’s deputy held her hand and led her to a bank of several microphones. Agents continue to try and track Hodgkinson’s movements in recent weeks.
Sue Hodgkinson said she was married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years, but they have not been together since March, when he moved to Washington, D.C.
James Hodgkinson, 66, a former home-inspection businessman, had been charged with domestic violence in 2006 but was not convicted and had a number of minor convictions on his record.
When that woman’s boyfriend confronted Hodgkinson, he struck him in the face with a shotgun before firing off a round as the man fled, a police report said. He was invested in liberal politics and volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. He lashed out against President Donald Trump on his own Facebook account and, according to many accounts, expressed anger against Republicans.
Scalise, meanwhile, continued to improve, his doctors said.
Half a dozen patrons gathered at the tavern Thursday afternoon for the $1 taco special and to shoot pool said Hodgkinson didn’t hang out there and wasn’t known to them.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday urged prayers for Scalise and the other victims of the shooting. We think Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was correct in not shying away from the issue of gun control when asked at a news conference if he was anxious about the safety of politicians.
We’re hearing from the wife of the suspect in the mass shooting at a Congressional Baseball Game practice. “They don’t deserve this, I don’t deserve this, my daughters don’t deserve all this”. It was discouraging that some on both the political right and left couldn’t wait for Scalise to even get out of surgery before escalating the rhetoric rather than toning it down. The hospital lists Griner in good condition. Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout, and in a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team’s manager, gave the trophy to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise’s office on behalf of the Democrats. “Pray for Steve!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Federal law enforcement said he was living out of his auto from March until June.