US Rep Graves says Scalise shooting sad sign of divisive times

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria Va. congressional officials say

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria Va. congressional officials say

"Those kinds of threats are not going to stop me from doing what our job is, which is to represent the people in south Louisiana and to help address numerous problems that are in government right now that need to be fixed", Graves said.

Hodgkinson was spotted regularly over the past several weeks at the YMCA next to the site of the shooting, sitting with a computer in the lobby or at a table in an exercise area that looked out onto the baseball field.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said.

Suzanne Hodgkinson, who spoke to the press at her home Thursday afternoon, said she had "no idea" her husband was going to shoot at people during a practice for a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.

Democrats, advocates of stronger gun control legislation, appeared reluctant to reopen the debate but Trump supporter and former House speaker Newt Gingrich denounced what he said was "the increasing intensity of hostility on the left".

Sanders confirmed that Hodgkinson had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign a year ago and said in a statement he was "sickened by this despicable act".

On Google's review page for JHT Inspections, one recent reviewer claimed that she had hired Hodgkinson to inspect her home and gotten a bad feeling about him during the transaction.

"I think that the media has a lot to do with [the vitriol]" Marcus said.

He says: "Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country".

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and chose to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". "Bernie Sanders wrote about that in the paper the other day".

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A search of online newspapers shows that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012.

(FBI via AP). This poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation asks for information on James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.

In the past year, many of his posts consisted of signed petitions with titles such as: "Bernie - please run no matter what" and "Hillary Rodham Clinton should concede the nomination to Bernie Sanders;" CNN reported. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

Rep. Mike Bost, an Illinois Republican, said in a statement that his congressional office began hearing from Hodgkinson in June 2016.

Though no other legal problems are listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as late March.

How Hodgkinson went from posting a political cartoon online in 2015 that derided Rep. Steve Scalise as someone who should lose his job, to shooting Scalise with a high-powered rifle, is only just starting to become clear. Hodgkinson and Hodgkinson alone is to blame for yesterday's shooting. A police report states he had license to shoot the weapon and wasn't charged in the incident.

When Hodgkinson refused to stop, Schaumleffel called the sheriff's department.

Slater told a news conference he had no comment when asked whether Hodgkinson had a vendetta against any of the congressmen.

The deputy cautioned Hodgkinson about doing such shooting around homes, given that the rounds can travel up to a mile. "That has never happened to me before", said Dougherty.

Before Jody Lee Hunt shot and killed four people including his ex-girlfriend in West Virginia in 2014, the ex-girlfriend had filed domestic violence charges one month earlier.

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