Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Posted June 17, 2017

His Facebook cover photo features Sanders and he was part of many progressive groups as well as anti-Trump pages.

Michael Hodgkinson said his sister had spoken with the gunman's wife Tuesday. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co", Hodgkinson wrote in a March 22 post. He often used profanities when referring to the president, which more and more Democrats are doing these days.

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

Sanders issued a two-paragraph statement on the shooting and read it almost verbatim on the Senate floor.

In a show of bipartisanship, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor of the House: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us". "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting". Officials said several other people, including members of Mr Scalise's security team, were also wounded.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) urged Democrats to "tone down the rhetoric". If you heard someone like me utter a sentence like, "I support universal healthcare", you would assume that you were listening to a probable psychopath who was on the verge of committing an act of domestic terror. "I'm going to do everything I can to make it stop". After news of the shooting spread on Wednesday, Scalise received many well wishes from his fellow Congress members on both sides of the aisle. He told Laura Ingraham that his wife also gets death threats. And she suggested that maybe he wanted a break from living with their - her daughter's child who was living with them in their home.

"One down, 216 to go..."

It was not clear if Hodgkinson had planned the attack, or for how long. He campaigned in other states for Bernie Sanders. A bar manager at a restaurant in Alexandria told the newspaper that Hodgkinson visited repeatedly and seemed like "not a friendly person" but did not discuss politics or why he was in Alexandria. And she wouldn't go into anything about his politics but did add this detail that he sold everything he owned from his businesses.

"It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary".

However, there were also some who took the Sanders news as an opportunity to do some score-settling from the bitterly fought Democratic primary.

Euille, who was mayor until early 2016, said Hodgkinson asked for job advice, saying he was a home inspector.

People were assaulted at President Trump's inaugural festivities. In Hodgkinson's world, Trump and the GOP are routinely described as racists, bigots, fascists, and Nazis.

One Republican congressman was almost run off the road by an angry Obamacare supporter.

Politically active, he was a supporter and volunteer for Sen.

Louisiana Congressman Scalise, who was shot in the hip, remains hospitalized in critical condition. 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.

"I would quote the late, great Michael Jackson", said Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., a close friend of Scalise's and the pitcher on the Democrats' team. He died yesterday from gunshot wounds sustained when law enforcement officers engaged him in a shootout at the scene. Once again, good guys with guns stopped a bad guy a with a gun.

Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity.