The wife of James Hodgkinson, the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others on a baseball field in Virginia Wednesday, said her husband had traveled to Washington, D. C. on “fix the tax system.”
Suzanne Hodgkinson, who lives in Belleville, Illinois, claims she had “no idea” her husband was going to shoot the people in the field, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
She and her husband were not on the best terms, and she told reporters outside her home on Thursday afternoon, but they said that they did not wish to comment on her husband’s political views.
James Hodgkinson sold all his belongings before moving to Washington, to his wife. She told reporters she feels “horrible.”
SCALISE SHOOTER TURNED OUT TO BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER
After they had confirmed James Hodgkinson shot Scalise and four others during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced the shooter was a volunteer for the senator’s failed presidential campaign.
The gunman also allegedly posted anti-Trump rhetoric on social media and speculation about the shooter’s possible political motives.
BEFORE SCALISE WAS SHOT, THE MAN ASKED IF THE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS WERE ON THE FIELD, REP SAYS
Hodgkinson was interviewed at an “Occupy” rally in 2011 in St. Louis by a local news station.
“The 99 percent to the boosted and the one percent don’t give a damn. So, we have to speak to the entire country,” James Hodgkinson told KTVI.