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"I see a rifle. and then I hear another bam, and I realize there's still an active shooter", said Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.). The county that it's in, St. Clair County, is politically purple.

"It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary".

After getting out of a black SUV that drove down Rolling Hills Lane from the Hodgkinson home, Sue Hodgkinson stood next to a federal agent in front of a gaggle of reporters.

Defenders of the production say they have a First Amendment right to express their anger at Trump that way. He was undergoing surgery at a hospital and was in stable condition.

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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. His social media activity showed a disdain for GOP officials.

The gunman's brother, Mr Michael Hodgkinson, said: "I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff". She said that her daughter and two-year-old grandchild had recently moved back into the house with them, and she thought her husband had perhaps left to get away from that.

At the YMCA, Hodgkinson was nondescript: he always wore black trousers and golf shirts, sometimes beige, sometimes gray, sometimes black. He worked on his laptop and sipped coffee, rarely joining in the political discussions often set off by the TV.

"I don't want to answer these questions about his politics", she said.

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He belonged to several anti-GOP Facebook groups, including one called "Terminate the Republican Party". And she said she had no idea what exactly he was doing while he was gone. What did she say?

In the evenings, Hodgkinson became a bit of a regular at the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant just a few blocks from the ballfield where he opened fire. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. Let's listen to a clip of what she said. The YMCA said that Hodgkinson had canceled his membership on Tuesday, and said he was moving. U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department also declined to comment. The 66-year-old Belleville man had apparently been living out of the van in the D.C. -area for three months before the shooting, according to reports.

Pelosi also cited past remarks by Trump, saying, "You have a president who says, 'I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and nobody would care'".

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