"Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person". This was different. It was deeply rooted to where his whole tone and composure changed. A half-dozen news vans and a few police cars remained Thursday, one day after the Virginia shooting that left a congressman in critical condition.
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. Still unanswered is why led Hodgkinson to yesterday's attack. She said he talked a lot about politics but, when pressed, said she didn't want to discuss her husband's views. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his auto. However, he said the senator's description of Trump created a combustible political atmosphere, according to the Times. He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight. She said she didn't know anything about him purchasing weapons.
Hodgkinson's motive for opening fire on multiple Republican lawmakers was not immediately confirmed by police.
Not mentioned: The charges were dismissed after Moreland "got her dates "mixed up" and failed to appear on time for a second court date", The Daily Beast reported. He allegedly punched a woman who was a friend of the girl.
Watson said the deputy on Wednesday recalled Hodgkinson as being "very cordial".
Russell said she looked out toward the baseball field, where it sounded like the noise was coming from. He said Hodgkinson spent most of his life building homes but in recent years turned to home inspections.
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"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said with difficulty, through tears. He worked on his laptop and sipped coffee, rarely joining in the political discussions often set off by the TV. "I can't wrap my head around it", she said. Indeed, Democrats who seem to dedicate their every waking hour to opposing the duly elected Republican president and the GOP-controlled Congress should take a cue from the liberal from Vermont.
Stephen Brennwald, an attorney and YMCA regular, said he thought it was odd that Hodgkinson never exercised or wore workout clothes. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.
On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.
On Wednesday, speaking on the Senate floor, Sanders condemned the "despicable act" and added, "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society".
One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits.