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"I don't want to answer these questions about his politics", she said. He had access to the facility on Wednesday, and arrived less than two hours before the shooting, the YMCA said in a statement.

It was April 2006 in Belleville, Illinois, and Hodgkinson's temper had flared to frightening proportions after he had gone looking for his teenage foster daughter at her friend's house.

"I had no idea he was going to do this.I can't wrap my head around it", Sue Hodgkinson said Thursday at an afternoon news conference outside her Belleville home.

An ensuing firefight with the police took Hodgkinson's life. Federal investigators are working to trace his weapons to find out where they were purchased and other details about their history. A congressional staffer was shot in the leg but was released from a hospital. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant.

However, there were also some who took the Sanders news as an opportunity to do some score-settling from the bitterly fought Democratic primary.

And now what we know about the man who fired on the baseball practice yesterday.

She said she knew of no obvious catalyst for her husband's leaving, though she mentioned her daughter had recently moved back home with a child.

An acquaintance of the suspect confirmed that he had campaigned for Sanders during the election. He had published anti-Republican tirades in the newspaper and on social media.




Scalise was fielding balls at second base during the practice Wednesday when he was shot in the hip, and sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

Hodgkinson also used his letters to praise the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Boston protest and expressed his disappointment about Massachusetts' own John Kerry losing the 2004 presidential election. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving. He was banned from the program after he was apparently caught rummaging through someone's desk in search of a check, according to Mark Kern, the St. Clair County board chairman. The charges were later dismissed.

In late March, days before Hodgkinson left town, Bill Schaumleffel called the St. Clair Sheriff's Office to complain about Hodgkinson firing his rifle toward houses when his grandchildren were outside.

The wife of the man authorities say shot Rep. But even among the cases like Hodgkinson's, where the shooting targets are not relatives or romantic partners, there is frequently a trail of earlier charges.

"I am sickened by this despicable act, and let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", the Vermont senator said.

"I've obviously noticed a very different tone, but I don't think it's helpful" to blame one side or the other, Cramer 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.

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