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

Posted June 16, 2017

Trump praised the Capitol Police officers who fired back at the shooter for their "heroism" and called on Americans to "take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe".

The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL home.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to fully recover.

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers, who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Trump said shortly before noon.

Later Wednesday, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of NY reported to Capitol Police that she'd received a threatening email with the subject line, "One down, 216 to go". They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

Sanders, of Vermont, says in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act".

Former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who chatted with Hodgkinson at the gym, said he assumed the man was homeless because he wore pretty much the same outfit every day and carried a bag full of extra clothes. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help in piecing together Hodgkinson's whereabouts and activities while he was in Alexandria. She says she didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March because she was busy with her job at a tax firm.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page contained a number of anti-Trump statements and the Belleville News-Democrat reported that he belonged to several anti-Republican groups including a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". "He had a lot of ammo".

BARTON: Scalise's security detail and the Capitol Hill Police immediately began to return fire.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout. Barton's son was also at the game.

The report says Hodgkinson resorted to dragging his daughter out of her friend's auto, slashing her seatbelt, and punching his daughter's friend in the face.

The incident is the first time a member of Congress was shot since former Arizona Rep.

"I hadn't planned to stay for the game", said Representative John Lewis, 77, a Democrat from Georgia and a civil rights leader.

While people were commenting on Hodgkinson's Facebook, others targeted what is believed to be his wife's page, telling her that she should be "ashamed" and saying that they "bet" she was "real proud of yer asshat now".

As an area native, Robishaw is familiar with numerous homeless men and women in the neighborhood, and had not seen him before three weeks ago.

Rep. Mo Brooks, the Alabama Republican and another one of the people at the baseball field when the shooting happened, dismissed the idea that he might rethink his staunch support of the 2nd Amendment in the wake of this shooting.

Scalise. He suffered a hip injury and underwent surgery at a Washington hospital.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told the news station that Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, who practices with the team, is in critical condition. Gabby Giffords was shot in January 2011.