People who live in the Belleville area are stunned that the man who shot at the congressmen was from their backyard. Media reports said he was a 66-year-old home inspector. Three others, a GOP congressional aide, a USA capitol police officer and a lobbyist were also injured by gunfire. 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.
Sanders responded to this news by saying he was "sickened by this despicable act".
In Belleville, residents continued to grapple with the news that one of their own, a man many knew could be quick to anger, but who many said didn't show outward signs of violence, could have committed the mass shooting.
Suzanne Hodgkinson was visibly shaken during the interview as she was escorted by St. Clair Deputy Chief Rick Wagner.
Hodgkinson, 66, a resident of Belleville, Illinois, filled his Facebook page with screeds against Trump and past year against Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who won the nomination but lost the general election to Trump. "He was very nice, said, "Hey I'll take it to a range, somewhere that's safer" and that was the end of it".
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. "I don't even know who was shot", she said, "I'm sorry that he did this but there's nothing I can do about it". The couple's daughter had recently moved back into the house with a two-year-old. "So we got to speak up for the whole country", said Hodgkinson in 2011. Authorities said James Hodgkinson expressed grievances online about the president and Republicans, but they're still working to determine a concrete motive for the shooting.
She said she wasn't sure if there had been a catalyst for him leaving.
"He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope", the president said at the White House just hours after visiting Scalise at a Washington hospital.
Oklahoma's federal legislators strongly praised the law enforcement response to the shootings in Virginia Wednesday that appeared to be a targeted attack on Republicans.
In a 2010 letter, he wrote, "I don't envy the rich; I despise the way they have bought our politicians..." The investigation into the armed attacked on Republican representatives remains ongoing.