The gunman who opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday had a list of names that included several GOP lawmakers, according to multiple reports. The alleged shooter, identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a shootout with police Wednesday morning after shooting Rep.
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was the only congressman injured in the shooting.
Hodgkinson's widow, Suzanne Hodgkinson, said Thursday afternoon that she had "no idea" he was going to carry out the murders. She said she feels "horrible" about what happened. "I can't wrap my head around it", she said.
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Asked about her husband's decision to leave for an extended period of time, Hodgkinson said that her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter had recently moved home.
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"I think it's just been a surreal atmosphere the last 24 hours, tonight was a great opportunity to come together, democrats and republicans - hugging, people were crying, this tragedy, it brings people together", Rep. Kevin Yoder (R) Kansas told CNN in an interview after the game.
No staff members noticed any "inappropriate or unusual behavior" and no one complained about him, the YMCA said.
The charity game pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05 p.m.at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected in the stands.
"I don't have a message, I don't know anything about this, I can't help you all". He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant. "I can not believe it", she said.
Hodgkinson appeared to be a volunteer with Bernie Sanders' failed presidential campaign, the Vermont senator said shortly after the incident in a statement. And the county that I'm in right now, St. Clair County, is politically purple.