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

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

Robert Becker, who oversaw Sanders' campaign in Iowa and other key states, said none of the campaign field organizers in Iowa or IL could remember a volunteer named James Hodgkinson.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Bellevue, Illinois, a man who allegedly once volunteered for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. He had also posted inflammatory messages opposing the presidency of Donald Trump and articulated support for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Sanders swiftly responded to the reports, saying he was "sickened" by what he called a "despicable act".

Back in IL at least one friend of Hodgkinson - who didn't give his full name - defended him, saying, "I just want to let people know he wasn't evil, that he was exhausted of some of the politics going on".

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Hodgkinson has been living in his auto in Alexandria since March, but he's from Belleville, Illinois - near st. Louis.

According to a story from The Washington Post, Charles Orear, 50, met and became friendly with Hodgkinson while campaigning for Sanders in Iowa. The gunfire occurred at a GOP practice for the annual charity congressional baseball game. Law enforcement investigators believe the anti-Trump shooter was living in his white van on the streets of the Washington, D.C., suburb prior to taking a semi-automatic rifle to the baseball field and shooting at Republican politicians. Police shot Hodgkinson, who later died. At least five people, including Hodgkinson and two Capitol Police officers, were injured before Hodgkinson was taken into custody.

A self-described life-long friend of Hodgkinson said he did not seem prone to violence but noted that he was a passionate person who occasionally got into fights. He died from injuries sustained in a shoot-out with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene in Alexandria, Virginia. She did not want to discuss her husband's politics.

Asked about her husband's decision to leave for an extended period of time, Hodgkinson said that her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter had recently moved home. Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said at a news conference that he did not know the condition of the suspected shooter.