Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy, says Wife

Posted June 20, 2017

Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip.

US Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and remains in a critical condition in hospital. Suzanne Hodgkinson talks to members of the media reporters about her husband, James Hodgkinson, as St. Clair County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Richard Wagner, right, listens Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Belle.

Duncan had said that before he left the practice he was approached by a man he later believed to be Hodgkinson who had asked whether Republicans or Democrats were on the baseball field.

He allegedly dragged his 16-year-old foster daughter by the hair and beat her, before punching her female friend in the face and hitting a boy in the head with his shotgun, court documents show.

She told reporters she feels "horrible".

She said she had not seen her husband since March.

The roads surrounding the Alexandria baseball field where the shooting took place remain closed as the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to search the area for any new clues, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid. Scalise's office said Wednesday that he was in good spirits after undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. After learning from Duncan that it was Republicans practicing on the field for the annual Congressional baseball game, Hodgkinson left to get his rifle, returned to the field, and opened fire. Now we know where he went.

Hodgkinson is believed by investigators to have been a person "of strong views", a senior U.S. official said.

Hodgkinson submitted several letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat throughout the years. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. However, he said the senator's description of Trump created a combustible political atmosphere, according to the Times. In a statement released Thursday morning, his family said Mika was shot in the chest and arm and suffered massive trauma, the Detroit News reports.

The FBI said it had processed a white conversion van owned by Hodgkinson, which was parked at the YMCA adjacent to where the shooting happened.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said.

The FBI is actively investigating Hodgkinson, to include his associates, whereabouts, social media impressions, and potential motivations.