Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

Posted June 17, 2017

Hodgkinson's widow, Suzanne Hodgkinson, said Thursday afternoon that she had "no idea" he was going to carry out the murders.

In a lovely moment of solidarity, the opposing Democrat baseball team members, who were also practicing that morning, came together to pray for their Republican colleagues.

Reps. Scot DesJarlais (R-TN) (pronounced day-zharr-LAY), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

SHAPIRO: What have you heard in Belleville from people who knew Hodgkinson?

A US official told CBS News that James Hodgkinson, the Alexandria shooter, had a list of names including GOP Reps.

Photo House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 17, 2017.

What occurred on that playing field just outside Washington, where a gunman seemingly nursing a political grudge unleashed an apparently premeditated attack on Republican lawmakers, amounts to an assault on democracy.

Those on the far Right claim harsh rhetoric by Democrats and liberals over Republican President Donald Trump is creating this culture of violence. The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle. Bernie Sanders, took a rifle and a pistol and dozens of rounds of ammo to Simpson Park in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.

Sue Hodgkinson also told reporters she knew nothing about her husband buying weapons before leaving on the extended trip, which the widow claims she did not find particularly odd. Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson's social media posts, a cellphone, computer and camera taken from his van. And she was shocked by the news, says it was totally unexpected.

Ten years earlier, a foster daughter committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire inside her auto, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

"This is an opportunity for a fresh start for everybody in a position of leadership, all the way up to the president", Boykin said.

"Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I can see how the guy was troubled, but at the time I thought he was working", Brennwald said.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said in a statement condemning all acts of violence. Sue Hodgkinson said pleadingly.

Stephen Brennwald, an attorney and YMCA regular, said he thought it was odd that Hodgkinson never exercised or wore workout clothes.