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List of Congress members found in pocket of suspected congressional shooter

Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 03:05

Suzanne Hodgkinson talks to members of the media reporters about her husband, James Hodgkinson, as St. Clair County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Richard Wagner, right, listens Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Belle. Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded to "serious" after he underwent surgery Saturday for injuries sustained in a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice earlier this week, the hospital treating him said in a release.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.

When a reporter asked her how she felt, Hodgkinson replied, "Horrible".

The page was actively being commented on as of 10 a.m. Hodgkinson was listed as the "former owner" of JTH Inspections and JTH Construction.

Sara Robishaw, a server at Junction Bakery and Bistro, said she began noticing him about three weeks ago, sitting on a bench in front of the Walgreens across from her shop. He says Hodgkinson told him Trump screwed up the nation "more than anyone in the history of this country".

"I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it". Witnesses said they heard at least 50 shots, which included Capitol Police and local officers who returned fire.

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. FILE - In this April 17, 2012, photo, James Hodgkinson of Belleville protests outside of the United States Post Office in Downtown Belleville, Ill. She certainly didn't want to talk about his political beliefs.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old former home builder and lead removal contractor, had run-ins with police but no felony convictions.

"I didn't like him from the beginning", she said. Officials said Hodgkinson has been identified as the man who opened fire on Republican lawm.

The SKS weapon that authorities said was used in the attack is a semi-automatic infantry rifle designed in the 1940s in the Soviet Union.

On March 24, Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Wednesday that Hodgkinson showed the deputy all required firearms licenses and documentation for the high-powered hunting rifle, which he said he was simply using for target practice.

He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at the hospital, said Friday.