Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Bernie Sanders Says He Is 'Sickened' by Virginia Shooting

Bernie Sanders Says He Is 'Sickened' by Virginia Shooting

James Tom Hodgkinson was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, one of three children. He joins us now.

HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: Well, we've heard from one of his friends growing up.

Hodgkinson recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. What did she say?

Details of the tragedy were reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, in which a reporter spoke with the bereft parents following the 1996 death of Wanda Ashley Stock. Let's listen to a clip of what she said.

"When liberal leftists support the assassination of President Trump on stage what do you expect to happen", Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced the shooter was a volunteer for the senator's failed presidential campaign. She said her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, told her he was going to Washington because he wanted to work on tax policy.

"She had no idea he would do this. And I said 'There's houses over that way.' But I don't think I got though to him".

She explained, her husband sold his southern IL home inspection business months ago. "We now have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful", reads the statement.

The two weapons recovered by police after the shooting of the majority whip and four others in Alexandria, Virginia were a 9 mm handgun as well as a 7.62 caliber rifle, according to a release. And there's no evidence so far that they were purchased illegally.

Defenders of the production say they have a First Amendment right to express their anger at Trump that way. And the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still canvassing Alexandria, Va., and here in Belleville. Now we know where he went. But those charges were dropped.

Those who knew him around Belleville have said nothing suggested he was capable of the attack on members of Congress, in spite of his often stated, very strong, and well-documented anti-Republican views. And she was shocked by the news, says it was totally unexpected. Here's what she said.

On May 14, 2010, he wrote: "I don't envy the rich; I despise the way they have bought our politicians and twisted our laws to their benefit".

The last big talk of the town was here in Belleville? Will you tell us about this place? On March 24, responding officers of the St Clair County Sheriff's Department encountered him shooting 50 rounds in a pine forest near Belleville.

Trump won the USA presidential election in November.

"He would get politically aggressive".

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