Alexandria shooter's wife: "I can't wrap my head around it"

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

The wife of the man accused of shooting at Republican Congressmen spoke out Thursday afternoon.

The shooter who opened fire on Republican congressmen at baseball field in Virginia had blasted GOP lawmakers and supported taxing the rich for years, according to a review of more than two dozen letters he wrote to his local hometown newspaper.

Jack McClenahan, a retired Belleville business owner, said he had several unpleasant run-ins with Hodgkinson over the years while Hodgkinson protested a favored Democratic political cause outside the local post office.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Wednesday began in familiar tranquility in this Washington, D.C., suburb, ... Hodgkinson, 66, was killed by return fire.

Sue Hodgkinson says she can't explain the actions of her estranged husband, James T. Hodgkinson.

Duncan said Hodgkinson asked him in the parking lot moments before the shooting if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

They also point to entertainer Kathy Griffin, who posted an internet video showing her holding up the likeness of the bloody, decapitated head of Obama? "Come over here! I want to show you something!'" What did she say?

"[James] was home all day long and he just wanted a break", she said, adding that she did not know if he had taken any weapons with him as he left. He told her he was going to Washington DC to "change the tax brackets" and "work on taxes", she said. The FBI said on Wednesday they had reason to believe Hodgkinson had been in the area since March, living out of his white van. He had run out of money, his wife told reporters.

The widow of gunman James Hodgkinson today described his attack as 'horrible, horrible'.

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Scalise, 51, was in dire condition when he was first shot, but internal bleeding is under control and the prognosis is positive.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

The bullet fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Thursday.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.

Matt Mika, a former GOP staffer who is now government relations director for Tyson Foods, was shot in the chest and is still hospitalized.



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