Belleville Gunman Who Shot Top GOP Congressman Had History of Arrests

Hodgkinson opened fire on a GOP baseball practice, hitting Rep. Steve Scalise, a Capitol police officer, a lobbyist and a legislative aide. He ran a home inspection business until previous year, when he lost his license.

But he was also "rough around the edges", according to an acquaintance, and local media reported he had a number of run-ins with local police, including for assaulting friends of his daughter in an 2006 incident.

Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business, which he dissolved on January 10, according to Secretary of State corporate records.

Hodgkinson was an active social media user who had at least two Facebook pages on which he espoused his political beliefs.

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Hodgkinson, 66, a resident of Belleville, Illinois, filled his Facebook page with screeds against Trump and a year ago against Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who won the nomination but lost the general election to Trump.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pauses as he speaks June 14, 2017, on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., about the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice. They said they heard around 50 shots fired in the woods near Hodgkinson's house. "Many, many, many thousands of people came through the Sanders campaign offices".

"Tax the rich like Congress did for 70 years till Reagan's 'trickle down, '" the sign read. "Let's work to get this country back".

In October 2011, he applauded the Occupy Wall Street protesters in NY and Boston, writing that the demonstrators "are exhausted of our do-nothing Congress doing nothing while our country is going down the tubes". According to ABC News, Hodgkinson, of Bellevile, Ill., had several run-ins with the law, including domestic violence and several unlawful-weapons-discharge arrests. Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving.

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St. Clair County Sheriff's Office in IL has been contacted for information about Hodgkinson by authorities investigating the shooting in Alexandria, an official with the sheriff's office told ABC News. A deputy discovered Hodgkinson and told him not to shoot his gun there anymore.

Later, after learning that Hodgkinson had apparently backed his candidacy, Sanders added to his statement.

The confrontation spilled outside as the daughter and a friend tried to flee in a auto. "James then pulled out a possible pocket knife and cut [her] seatbelt". Brooks says Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq, used scissors to cut Scalise's trousers to get to his wound.

"With reports indicating that Wednesday morning's shooter is from my district, this is a tragedy that certainly hits close to home".

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Just Tuesday morning, Hodgkinson posted a cartoon on Facebook explaining "How does a bill work?" Charges in that case were dismissed. Hodgkinson had a valid firearms owner identification card and authorities determined that no law was violated.

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