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.
"He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope", the president said at the White House just hours after visiting Scalise at a Washington hospital. "I can't wrap my head around it", she said, trembling as she clung to the arm of St. Clair County Deputy Richard Wagner.
The shooter's widow refused to answer questions about her husband's politics.
The 66-year-old ran a home inspection business in IL. State records showed he was a 66-year-old home inspector.
Authorities said Wednesday there was not yet a clear motive for the shooting, as the FBI investigated Hodgkinson's associations and social media postings.
One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits.
The shooter, who is known as Tom (his middle name) to his friends and family, was raised in the same IL town where he and his wife resided.
Off-duty black St. Louis cop mistakenly shot by white cop
Another 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody and the third suspect, described by police as being "young", is now at-large. The 38-year-old officer, an 11-year department veteran, was initially stopped by two uniformed St.
The man suspected of opening fire on Republican lawmakers as they played baseball on Wednesday raged against Republican US President Donald Trump on social media and idolized Bernie Sanders, who he saw as the only politician who understood the working class.
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.
But she maintained there was nothing she could have done about it. "There's nothing I could do about it", she said, adding that she felt "horrible, horrible". She said she and her husband haven't been together since March.
In April 2006, Hodgkinson was charged with misdemeanor battery after he stormed into a neighbor's house in an attempt to force home a teenage girl who, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was under guardianship of Hodgkinson and his wife. She later criticized "sanctimonious" Republicans, including some in Congress, who have suggested that heated rhetoric from the political left may be partially responsible for the attack.
She said she didn't know anything about his purchasing weapons.
Sue Hodgkinson said she was sorry for his actions and asked the media to please leave her alone.
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