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Suspected ballfield shooter belonged to anti-GOP groups

Sue Hodgkinson said she felt “horrible”, saying, “I had no idea this was going to happen and I don’t know what to say about it”.A friend of Hodgkinson’s in IL said what happened was totally out of character.The five injured include two Capitol Police officers and the gunman, who was shot by police who responded to the scene, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said.Hodgkinson’s weapons, a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 mm caliber (.30-caliber) rifle, were recovered at the scene, according to a joint statement issued Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several state and local law enforcement agencies.During the incident, Rep. Scalise was shot in the hip and remains in “critical condition” as of Wednesday afternoon, following an emergency surgery.The gunman who critically wounded a Republican congressman during a shooting rampage at a baseball field was described by neighbors Wednesday as “obnoxious” about politics and “reckless” with his firearms.”For safety reasons we went over and talked to him”, Watson said.”I could not believe that”, St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said at a news conference, despite Hodgkinson’s prior encounters with law enforcement.Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a floor speech Wednesday afternoon that he learned that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his progressive campaign for president, which focused on economic equality and almost toppled Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations and threatened to derail the Democratic Convention last summer.”He was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics going on”, said Walsh.Hodgkinson’s Facebook page contained a number of anti-Trump statements and the Belleville News-Democrat reported that he belonged to several anti-Republican groups including a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party”.The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting. “If they wouldn’t have been there, this would have been a massacre of innocent people”, he said. Cricket Lobstein, who lives close to his home, said, “There was never a conversation about the man”.”I just want to let people know that he wasn’t evil”, said Walsh.Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was taken to the hospital, where he died. “I don’t deserve this, my daughters don’t deserve this”.