The gunman who wounded five people at the congressional baseball practice on Wednesday only opened fire after learning that the men on the field were Republicans. The man expressed grievances online about President Donald Trump and Republicans, but authorities said they're still working to determine a motive.
"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off", said lifelong friend Dale Walsh, 65.
"I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", she said, according to interviews posted on St. Louis television stations' websites.
Hodgkinson said repeatedly that she saw no signs her husband was planning violence. Let's listen to a clip of what she said.
"We have an obligation to point out what his policies are doing for everyday American people", Turner said.
On Tuesday, Hodgkinson broke his apparent silence at the garage.
"I can show you messages and stuff that were much worse than this guy's Facebook posts", said Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, referring to the assailant in Wednesday's shooting. She said she didn't know anything about him purchasing weapons.
The FBI said it had recovered and was processing a cellphone, a computer and a camera.
It appears Hodgkinson had a legal firearms owner identification card, despite numerous misdemeanor cases, including a 2006 domestic battery charge, which included aggravated discharge of firearm. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.
Those who knew him around Belleville have said nothing suggested he was capable of the attack on members of Congress, in spite of his often stated, very strong, and well-documented anti-Republican views.
Hodgkinson's wife told ABC News that he had been living in Alexandria, Virginia, the location of the shooting, for the past two months.
"Dramatic emotions can, at times like this - fear and anger - can inspire behavior like trolling that normally wouldn't be considered acceptable", Kerpen said.
Hodgkinson opened fire seven minutes after speaking with Duncan, who wasn't present for the shooting. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders.
"He would say "yeah I agree" or something like that", said former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who got to know Hodgkinson over the course of about six to eight weeks. She said when he prepared to leave Illinois, "He sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses". Bernie Sanders, an independent who past year made an unsuccessful presidential bid. Sanders, whose presidential campaign Hodgkinson volunteered for, also delivered a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate, saying he was "sickened by this despicable act" and adding that "real change can only come about through nonviolent action".
A search of online newspapers show that Hodgkinson frequently wrote letters to his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen letters between 2010 and 2012, many of which included complaints about the same theme: income inequality.