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Man Who Shot Congressman Was Living in Van, Called a Loner

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Booking photo of James T. Hodgkinson (unknown date) (Photo courtesy St. Clair County Sheriff) Booking photo of James T. Hodgkinson (unknown date) (Photo courtesy St. Clair County Sheriff)

By BEN FINLEY and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER
Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The man who opened fire on Congress members as they practiced for a charity baseball game apparently was living out of a cargo van and kept mostly to himself.

Officials say James T. Hodgkinson wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise and others Wednesday morning. Capitol police guarding the House majority whip then fatally shot Hodgkinson.

Authorities believe the 66-year-old had lived in his van near the scene of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, since March. He left his southern Illinois home earlier this year.

Members of a YMCA near the shooting site say Hodgkinson spent time there. But former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said Hodgkinson rarely joined in political discussions at the gym.

The man expressed grievances online about President Donald Trump and Republicans, but authorities said they're still working to determine a motive.

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