Congressional shooter's wife: 'I'm sorry that he did this'


As the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to dig into the past of the man they say opened fire on GOP lawmakers during a baseball game practice in Virginia on Wednesday, a TV interview from 2011 has emerged, featuring shooter James Hodgkinson, complaining about 'the 1 percent'.

Scalise underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Wednesday after a man with a rifle shot him at a morning practice of the Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Va.

Hodgkinson, 66, died in the shootout with officers - but not before injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., a staff member and two Capitol Police officers.

"He wanted to go up there to work with people to change the tax brackets", she said. And Walsh said he was surprised that Hodgkinson was the shooter because he knew Hodgkinson as a happy-go-lucky guy, someone who was a jokester at parties.

Sue Hodgkinson, the accused gunman's wife, told reporters Thursday she was shocked by her husband's actions, saying, "I can't believe he did this".

When a reporter asked her how she felt, Hodgkinson replied, "Horrible". I can't wrap my head around it.

"I have never said life sucks, only the policies of the Republicans", he wrote in one letter. "There's nothing I could do about it".

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Hodgkinson, who had been married to her husband for nearly 30 years, said he had "made preparations to leave" by "selling nearly everything he owned from his business".

The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.

The FBI is investigating the situation and is looking into Hodgkinson's exact motive.

Hodgkinson appeared to be a volunteer with Bernie Sanders' failed presidential campaign, the Vermont senator said shortly after the incident in a statement.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle and remains hospitalized in good condition, according to The Washington Post.

Hodgkinson said repeatedly that she saw no signs her husband was planning violence. Neighbors "indicated the man had been gone from the house for several months", the paper reports. A former congressional aide was hospitalized. Sue Hodgkinson said pleadingly.

Hodgkinson was still in IL as recently as March, when the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded to a "shots fired" call and found Hodgkinson shooting a hunting rifle.