Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting?

St. Clair County Ill. Sheriff's Department shows James T. Hodgkinson

She said they had been married 30 years, but hadn't been on the best of terms before he sold most of his possessions and departed early this year.

The wife of James Hodgkinson, the left-wing terrorist who opened fire at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning, spoke to reporters outside of her home for the first time on Thursday.

James Hodgkinson, 66, a former home-inspection businessman, had been charged with domestic violence in 2006 but was not convicted and had a number of minor convictions on his record.

"It's pure speculation what was in this guy's head", O'Connor said.

Duncan had said that before he left the practice he was approached by a man he later believed to be Hodgkinson who had asked whether Republicans or Democrats were on the baseball field. A congressional staffer was shot in the leg but was released from a hospital.

"I didn't like him from the beginning", she said. He said he was concerned about all Americans' safety from gun violence, not just politicians: "This is not what today is about, but we have too many guns on the street".

Hodgkinson was injured in a shootout with police and later died of his injuries, according to officials. "We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said from the White House.


WANG: Yeah, I've talked to some folks, and they say that they're surprised that this happened. "Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person".

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL. "I go down to the post office quite often, and he would be there collecting signatures on things he was for, and if you weren't of his opinion, he'd be very agitated", McClenahan said.

The fervent Bernie Sanders support also shared many articles and images in support of the defeated Democratic presidential hopeful.

On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage. (Scalise's shooter, by contrast, used his social media account to endorse and spread partisan arguments). And the people there say, you know, despite these local splits here, locally, it doesn't divide - they don't divide them personally.

On March 24, Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home. Ill., Sheriff's Department shows Hodgkinson.

St. Clair Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner told DailyMail.com that she was in tears ' and her life had been turned upside down.

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