Wife of alleged Virginia shooter: 'I can't believe he did this'

WANG: Yeah, I've talked to some folks, and they say that they're surprised that this happened. This 2006 photo provided by the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Department shows James T. Hodgkinson. And last November, Hillary Clinton beat Trump by just a few thousand votes.

Rieck was the first reporter in the office on the morning of the shooting and was looking for local reaction before she learned the shooter was from the city.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said Scalise was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope". Among those was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who remains hospitalized after undergoing several surgeries after being shot in the hip.

Back home in Belleville, Illinois, Hodgkinson wrote letters to the editor and called his congressman.

As Duncan was leaving he came upon Hodgkinson in the parking lot and said Hodgkinson asked "if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats".

The gunman's brother, Mr Michael Hodgkinson, said: "I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff". Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson's social media posts, a cellphone, computer and camera taken from his van.

Mr Dale Walsh, who identified himself as a friend, said Hodgkinson had been a vibrant presence when he was younger.

While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt. She said her daughter and a 2-year-old grandson had moved in with the Hodgkinsons before that, and her husband may have left because he wanted "a break from it".

At the YMCA, Hodgkinson was nondescript: he always wore black trousers and golf shirts, sometimes beige, sometimes gray, sometimes black. "I can not believe it", she said. "But he never really implied one way or the other that he was pro-Democrat, anti-GOP Republican or anything like that".

She said she didn't necessarily consider his departure odd. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him". "I'm a strong believer in the NRA", Collins said.

He retrieved a rifle and opened fire. The YMCA said that Hodgkinson had canceled his membership on Tuesday, and said he was moving. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment.

Authorities believe the 66-year-old had been living out of a van in northern Virginia since March after leaving his southern IL home. And the people told me, you know, despite these splits, it doesn't divide them personally, and they're able to get along.

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