Left-Wing Terrorist Hodgkinson Had an Assassination List Targeting Conservative Reps

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

The suspect in the shooting at the congressional baseball practice earlier this week had a list including the names of some members of Congress on him. Before James Hodgkinson traveled to Virginia, he lived in the town of Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.

"Belleville has hit the news for something we really don't want to be on the news for", Grafe said.

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His wife, Sue Hodgkinson, spoke publicly on Thursday evening for the first time since the shooting. 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".

That much was obvious, in her body language and her answers to reporters. She said she thought he was going to return to IL because he'd run out of money. There are things that I believe in, in social issues, pro-life issues, and I'm not going to compromise on that.

The couple had been married for 30 years, she said, and he'd sold nearly everything from his business before moving out to D.C.in March.

"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said. Her daughter and a 2-year-old grandchild had moved in with the Hodgkinsons before that, she said, and her husband may have left because he wanted "a break from it".

New reports about the shooter have recently come to light, revealing that this may not have been an unfathomable act for the man to commit.

James Hodgkinson sold all of his belongings before going to Washington, according to his wife. Police recovered a 9mm handgun and a 7.26 caliber rifle at the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined both were purchased legally, the FBI said Thursday. The gunman since March had been living out of a white van and a YMCA near the park. And the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still canvassing Alexandria, Va., and here in Belleville.

The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner reflected on those interactions and said, "He never tipped us off or gave any indication that he was violent in any way". The charges were eventually dropped.

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

She said she didn't necessarily consider his departure odd. And she thinks that the community here will rally to support his family. Here's what she said. "I think it's awful", Reis said.

Trump praised Scalise as "a very good friend" and "a patriot", telling him that "you have not just the prayers of the entire city behind you, but the entire nation and frankly the entire world".

SHAPIRO: This shooting has brought national attention to the town of Belleville.

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