Gunman in congressional baseball shooting had list of names in his pocket

Claudine Rigal
Juin 17, 2017

The wife of James Hodgkinson, the man accused of opening fire on a Congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, spoke to reporters for the first time since the shooting on Thursday.

The discovery suggests that the shooting was a premeditated political attack, The Daily Caller reported. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed.

A search of online newspapers show that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

He vented for years - in the form of letters to the local newspaper, calls to his congressman, and vitriolic Facebook posts - before crossing the line and turning to real-world violence.

The FBI has contacted the congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list.

"For those still wondering, he didn't hate baseball or handsome summer mornings in June", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in reference to this article. Brooks and Duncan were at the practice.

Suzanne Hodgkinson, who lives in Belleville, Ill., claims she had "no idea" her husband was going to shoot people at the field, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

A day earlier, a man with a rifle and a handgun wounded Scalise and others at a baseball practice in a park in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman died after being shot by a member of Scalise's security detail.

A cell phone, a camera and a computer were recovered from Hodgkinson's vehicle, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. "How dare they?" retorted Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, pointing to a year of venomous attacks by Republicans including President Donald Trump.

Hodgkinson had slammed Mr Trump on Facebook and reportedly wrote: "You are Truly the Biggest A** Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office".

YMCA member Stephen Brennwald also told The Advocate that Hodgkinson kept to himself and appeared to be a "loner".

"It just took me by surprise when I saw it on the news today that he did what he did", said Dale Walsh.

According to ABC News, Hodgkinson's wife told the network that her husband moved to Virginia two months ago.

In a video report, an emotional Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home she was married to James Hodgkinson for nearly 30 years but they had been apart since March, when he moved to Washington DC. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his presidential campaign and denounced the shooting.

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