"Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person".
The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL home. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", he said.
The two men never talked about politics, Euille said.
On Friday's St. Louis on the Air, we went Behind the Headlines and the headlines this week reached all the way from Alexandria, Virginia, to Belleville, Illinois. She was flanked by a local county deputy when standing in front of a plethora of microphones.
There were also signs a business he started in 1994 under the name "Accurate Appraisals and Home Inspection Service, Inc.", and later JTH Services, Inc., was faltering. James and Sue Hodgkinson used to be foster parents, according to a report by CBS News.
Sue Hodgkinson said when he prepared to leave Illinois, James sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses.
In April 2006, he was also arrested for using bodily force in a family argument, and subsequently hitting a man on the head with the wooden stock of his gun and firing a round as the victim fled. They said he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL; he canceled his YMCA membership a day before the shooting; and had talked to a local garage about getting his van ready for the trip.
But she maintained there was nothing she could have done about it.
Hodgkinson said she only learned of the shooting and her husband's involvement when a reporter called to ask her about the events.
The Hodgkinsons had been married nearly 30 years.
WANG: She got a lot of questions from reporters.
James Hodgkinson was expected home soon because he had run out of money.
The FBI is still investigating the case and is looking through Hodgkinson's belongings, including his cellphone, computer and camera. And she suggested that maybe he wanted a break from living with their - her daughter's child who was living with them in their home.
As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".
What occurred on that playing field just outside Washington, where a gunman seemingly nursing a political grudge unleashed an apparently premeditated attack on Republican lawmakers, amounts to an assault on democracy.
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