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

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"I was not that surprised because she has all the components to do what she did", says guidance counselor Irene Bademosi. Police said that he had a valid license for the weapon, and that he agreed to stop when they told him to.

As Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) were leaving baseball practice early Wednesday, Duncan said the shooter asked him if the team practicing was Republican or Democrat.

The shaken widow of the Belleville-area man who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning said she had had no idea what her husband was going to do. "He was just a very calm, rational person, I thought", he said.

Hodgkinson, 66, was a Bernie Sanders supporter and frequent critic of Republicans according to at least 26 letters he wrote to the Belleville News-Democrat.

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps.

Five people were injured, including Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana, who remains in critical condition at MedStar hospital.

Sanders was quick to disassociate himself with the suspect involved in the shooting after it was discovered that he was a volunteer for the Senator's presidential campaign.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination for president to Hillary Clinton a year ago, said on the Senate floor that he had just found out that the suspect had volunteered for his campaign.

"He wanted to go up there to work with people to change the tax brackets", she said.

Mrs Hodgkinson said the separation came after their foster daughter and her daughter moved into their two-story home which is surrounded by sprawling countryside.

Hodgkinson's weapons, a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 mm caliber (.30-caliber) rifle, were recovered at the scene, according to a joint statement issued Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several state and local law enforcement agencies. Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson's social media posts, a cellphone, computer and camera.

She was emotional as she spoke to reporters Thursday outside her home in Belleville, Illinois.

Later that year, in October 2011, he applauded the Occupy Wall Street protesters in NY and Boston, writing that the demonstrators "are exhausted of our do-nothing Congress doing nothing while our country is going down the tubes". 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.