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Euille, who lost reelection in 2016, said that he saw Hodgkinson nearly each morning for the past month and a half at the local YMCA.

Hodgkinson, 66, a resident of Belleville, Illinois, filled his Facebook page with screeds against Trump and past year against Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who won the nomination but lost the general election to Trump.

Police officials would not comment on any motive for the shooting or whether Hodgkinson was targeting Republicans.

Hodgkinson was still in IL as recently as March, when the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded to a "shots fired" call and found Hodgkinson shooting a hunting rifle.

Hodgkinson also appears to have written letters to the News-Democrat for several years.

The office of Republican Rep. Mike Bost, whose district includes Belleville, said it had a record of 10 contacts with Hodgkinson between June 2016 and last month.

Sanders said Wednesday that he had been informed that "the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign".

Authorities believe the 66-year-old had been living out of a van in northern Virginia since March after leaving his southern IL home.

The gunman responsible for the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting has died, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. Democratic former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said he had spoken often with the man on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA.

Euille said he had tried finding Hodgkinson a job after realizing that he was living out of his gym bag. The senator said he was "sickened by this despicable act" and condemned it "in the strongest possible terms". "I thought it was some exercise". "If he had wanted to, my back was to him, I could have been his first victim", said Rep. They dodged questions as to whether the shooter set out to target Republican House members.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to recover fully. His demeanor was "calm", witness Falisa Peoples said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted. Hodgkinson was said to have been among 1,000 volunteers around Davenport, but Becker said, "Nobody has a recollection of this guy coming in". He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. "I was playing third base, and Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and I made a decision to try to get on the road a little early to beat the traffic", said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). "Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person".

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, told The New York Times.

CBS reports that Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business in Belleville, Illinois.

But there were no signs of violent sentiments on his Facebook page.

Hodgkinson, the suspect in the shooting at a Republican team's baseball practice for a charity game against congressional Democrats, backed Bernie Sanders, according to his social media account.

Hodgkinson also had arrests in his background for a series of minor offenses and at least one more serious matter. His most serious problems apparently came in 2006, when he was arrested on the battery charge. Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut the friend's seat belt and punched that woman in the face. He was squeezing off five or six rounds at a time and, according to the report, fired about 50 shots in all. When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into a cornfield.

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