Sue Hodgkinson, the wife of anti-Republican congressional baseball practice shooter James Hodgkinson, opened up for the first time about her husband to local reporters in Belleville, Illinois, yesterday.
During the interview outside of her home, Sue Hodgkinson claimed to know nothing about the true motivation behind the trip her now-deceased husband took to Washington. The shooter's wife told the press she thought her husband went to Washington, D.C., to work on tax policy.
"I just don't know what to tell you people. I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it," the wife of the Bernie Sanders supporter said during the emotional interview. "I can't wrap my head around it, OK?"
The shooter's widow refused to answer questions about her husband's politics. Sue Hodgkinson did respond "probably" when a reporter asked if her husband was "fed up with the system," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. She was flanked by a local county deputy when standing in front of a plethora of microphones.
Until last year, when his license expired, Hodgkinson ran a home inspection business. James and Sue Hodgkinson used to be foster parents, according to a report by CBS News. Before leaving Illinois sometime in March, James Hodgkinson is believed to have sold almost everything he owned from his home inspection business.
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The shooter, who is known as Tom (his middle name) to his friends and family, was raised in the same Illinois town where he and his wife resided. Law enforcement investigators believe the anti-Trump shooter was living in his white van on the streets of the Washington, D.C., suburb prior to taking a semi-automatic rifle to the baseball field and shooting at Republican politicians.
Sue Hodgkinson also told reporters she knew nothing about her husband buying weapons before leaving on the extended trip, which the widow claims she did not find particularly odd. During the brief interview with the press, the Virginia shooter's wife said James told her he was going to be working with "people" to change the tax bracket system.
The widow also maintains she is not sure if there had been a particular catalyst behind the timing of his leaving their home in Bellevue, Illinois. 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.
The couple had been married for about 30 years. Just prior to his leaving, Sue's daughter and 2-year-old grandchild had moved back home. The widow said her husband might have decided to leave for a while simply because he desired a "break from it."
James Hodgkinson was expected home soon because he had run out of money. Sue Hodgkinson was at work when a reporter called and said her husband was the suspected Republican baseball practice shooter.
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The widow went on to say she just doesn't know anything more about why her husband opened fire on the baseball diamond near Alexandria, Virginia. Sue Hodgkinson said she was sorry for his actions and asked the media to please leave her alone.
"I just want you to all go away and leave my neighbors in peace. They don't deserve this. I don't deserve this, my daughters don't deserve this," the shooter's wife added.
FBI agents found a cellphone, laptop computer, and a camera inside the van after the shooting at the congressional baseball game practice, MSN reports. The investigation into the armed attacked on Republican representatives remains ongoing.
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