Gunman who shot top GOP congressman had history of arrests


ABC News reports multiple law enforcement sources have identified the suspected shooter as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Authorities believe the 66-year-old had been living out of a van in northern Virginia since March after leaving his southern IL home. But he sold items from his businesses and told her he was going to Washington.

Ray Page, who has known Hodgkinson for more than 30 years, said his friend didn't agree with the Republican party but that he never heard Hodgkinson make any specific threats. "I would have thought if you'd see something political you would have seen it then", Evanko said, adding that he had just learned Hodgkinson's foster daughter recently died of a heroin overdose.

Over the course of Thursday's news conference, Hodgkinson did not wish to discuss her husband's politics and asked reporters to leave her neighbors and family alone.

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Other lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress . For Hodgkinson , a Bernie Sanders supporter, to fire a hail of bullets at Republicans is "despicable", Pelosi said.

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"Every issue that we were working on, he was not in support of", Bost said, saying the communications were of a left-wing slant but delivered "never with any threats, only anger". "Just very, very calm", Euille said. Hodgkinson's wife joined him, struggling to pull their daughter out of the vehicle, as Hodgkinson punched the neighbor who was in the driver's seat of the auto in the face, witnesses told police. Hodgkinson and his wife, who helped pull the daughter out of her room, were taken to the St. Clair County Sheriff and were held for aggravated discharge of a firearm and domestic battery.

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone about the shooting. He told police that he called the company and spoke to a woman who said she would tell the drivers. At the end of past year, this same James T. Hodgkinson left his job as a "Home Inspector, Mold/Air Quality Tester", according to the Facebook page. But he has an extensive history of traffic violations and petty offenses, spanning from 1989 to 2011, according to online court records of St. Clair County. Hodgkinson's neighbor says he was shooting into the pine trees that separates their properties.

Mark Longabaugh, who worked on Sanders' presidential campaign, said the senator struck the right tone in his comments after the shooting, avoiding finger-pointing and not arguing for any legislative action.