Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

James Hodgkinson sold all of his belongings before going to Washington, according to his wife. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL.

In Belleville, residents continued to grapple with the news that one of their own, a man many knew could be quick to anger, but who many said didn't show outward signs of violence, could have committed the mass shooting.

"He always stood out as somebody who was not attached to anybody", Balderston said.

Congressman Steve Scalise, the most seriously wounded, is in critical condition following several surgeries.

Steve Bongardt, who worked until 2015 as an Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent focusing on threat detection, said traditional counter-terrorism tools such as behavioral profiling and surveillance are less effective because so many otherwise harmless people post virulent messages on social media.

Mark's profile noted that Hodgkinson's brother, Michael, told The New York Times that the alleged gunman "wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff" and that the attack was "totally out of the blue". "As members of Congress, we are not Democrats and Republicans today; we are simply public servants".

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL. "We have identified and removed the suspect's profiles for violating our community standards", a statement Facebook released Wednesday said. He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight.

She said she wasn't sure if there had been a catalyst for him leaving. Authorities said James Hodgkinson expressed grievances online about the president and Republicans, but they're still working to determine a concrete motive for the shooting.

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.

After Hodgkinson retreated to his home, he was confronted by the boyfriend of the woman he punched.

Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list.

Ten years earlier, a foster daughter committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire inside her vehicle, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Asked about her husband's decision to leave for an extended period of time, Hodgkinson said that her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter had recently moved home.

"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco", said the then-speaker of the House, referencing the infamous assassination of a city councilman and mayor in the city.

At the YMCA, Hodgkinson was nondescript: he always wore black trousers and golf shirts, sometimes beige, sometimes gray, sometimes black.

"He seemed like a loner", said Mr William Euille, a former Alexandria mayor who came to know Hodgkinson during regular morning stops at the YMCA. And she was shocked by the news, says it was totally unexpected. He thought about asking a staffer about him but never did.

"[James] was home all day long and he just wanted a break", she said, adding that she did not know if he had taken any weapons with him as he left.

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