When asked why he left and why he went to the Washington D.C. area specifically, Hodgkinson said her husband wanted to "work on taxes" with government officials, with a goal of changing the tax brackets. Duncan said he told him it was a Republican ball practice, and Hodgkinson started to shoot them.
Hodgkinson is accused of shooting at several members of the Republican baseball team that was practicing this week for the annual congressional baseball game played for charity. The most serious was in 2006, when he was charged with misdemeanor battery for storming into a neighbor's house in an attempt to force home a teenage girl who was under guardianship of Hodgkinson and his wife. "It's time to come home", the report said.
"He would say "yeah I agree" or something like that", said former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who got to know Hodgkinson over the course of about six to eight weeks.
Hodgkinson shot House Rep.
While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt.
(St. Clair County Illinois Sheriff's Department via AP).
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.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where USA laws are made.
Stephen Brennwald, another YMCA member, said he never saw Hodgkinson talk to anyone and figured the man was a "loner". He thought about asking a staffer about the man but never did, he said. "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.
Richard Wagner, chief deputy of the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Dept., said there was nothing in Hodgkinson's record that would prevent him from legally owning firearms in IL.
The deputy cautioned Hodgkinson about shooting around homes, given that the rounds can travel up to a mile. It reportedly lasted about 10 minutes.
Bost in 2014 became the first Republican since World War II to hold southern Illinois' 12th District seat.
According to ABC News, Hodgkinson's wife told the network that her husband moved to Virginia two months ago.
Dale Walsh, 65, of Belleville, said he was a lifelong friend of Hodgkinson's.
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