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

"I just want y'all (reporters) to go away, and leave my neighbors in peace", Sue said. She declined to answer whether politics "consumed him". Duncan told him "Republicans", and Hodgkinson promptly got his guns and returned to the field shooting. What did she say?

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage. He had access to the facility on Wednesday, and arrived less than two hours before the shooting, the YMCA said in a statement.

A trace of the firearms determined they were legally purchased by Hodgkinson.

One especially horrific episode has to do with the demise of one of his foster daughters, and what it suggests living with Hodgkinson might have been like.

Zachary Barth, staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), and Capitol Police agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey were also wounded in the attack, but their injuries are not life-threatening. Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle and Sava described her in good condition.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said with difficulty, through tears.

(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

"We wanted to make sure we hadn't missed a sign, that we hadn't failed in our duty to report", Bost said.

The couple had been married nearly 30 years when he left for D.C., where he lived out of a van on a block that bordered the field where he staged the attack. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.

She said she had not seen her husband since March.

His brother Michael told The New York Times: "I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff". She answered dismissively, "I don't even know who was shot".

A reporter asked her about a rumor that her husband was planning on returning home in the coming days.

His Facebook page shows he was a fan of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign compelled the socialist senator to disavow the shooter the same day.

Hodgkinson was interviewed at an "Occupy" rally in 2011 in St. Louis by a local news station. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

Officials also said he had a history of run-ins with the law, including arrests for battery and drunken driving.

Scalise, who was reportedly shot in the hip, underwent surgery on Wednesday morning. When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into a cornfield. But Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, criticized some Republicans who have blamed the shooting on vitriol from the political left.

Richard Wagner, chief deputy of the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Dept., said there was nothing in Hodgkinson's record that would prevent him from legally owning firearms in IL.

The sheriff's deputies didn't file charges, but they were familiar with Hodgkinson.

  • Audrey Hill