Wife of Virginia shooter James Hodgkinson: 'I'm sorry that he did this'

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

The former home inspector lived out of a vehicle in the Washington D.C. area and on Wednesday opened fire on Republican lawmakers who were practicing for a charity baseball game.

Suzanne Hodgkinson said she thought her husband had traveled to Washington to focus on tax issues but had not known much of what he was doing.

Jack McClenahan, a retired Belleville business owner, said he had several unpleasant run-ins with Hodgkinson over the years while Hodgkinson protested a favored Democratic political cause outside the local post office. "I'm glad they took care that he didn't get to do it again", Schaumleffel said.

"I don't want to answer these questions about his politics", she said. Suzanne Hodgkinson said she did not consider it odd that he left so abruptly, and maybe her husband just wanted a break.

United States media identified Hodgkinson, who died following a shootout with police in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, as a 66-year-old from Belleville Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. When asked further about their living situation, she said it was a personal matter.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", the shooter's brother told the newspaper. Sue Hodgkinson was at work when a reporter called and said her husband was the suspected Republican baseball practice shooter.

When asked if she wanted to say anything about the victims of the attack, she shook her head.

Sanders said, "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms". "I'm sorry that he did this but there is nothing I can do about it". Sue, who is employed by a tax firm, said she had been working very long hours during the first quarter of the year and knew very little about what her husband was doing at that time.

St. Clair Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner told DailyMail.com that she was in tears ' and her life had been turned upside down.

"I yelled, 'Quit shooting toward the houses, '" Schaumleffel said. The widow said her husband might have chose to leave for a while simply because he desired a "break from it".

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 couple's daughter had recently moved back into the house with a two-year-old.

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