She said when he prepared to leave Illinois, "He sold nearly everything he owned from his businesses".
"He wanted to go up there and work with people to change the tax brackets", she said. "I can not believe it", she said.
According to the Guardian, when she was asked if she'd like to say something to the victims, Sue Hodgkinson replied, "I don't even know who was shot". Hodgkinson was mortally wounded by police.
Hodgkinson's widow, Suzanne Hodgkinson, said Thursday afternoon that she had "no idea" he was going to carry out the murders.
Bill Euille, former mayor of Alexandria (Va.), speaks about James Hodgkinson, whom he knew from the YMCA, on Wednesday June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Va. Police say that Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they pra. The bullet traveled across his pelvis - fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.
Thankfully, nobody was killed in the tragedy (with the exception of Hodgkinson), though House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in the hospital.
Trump added that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday.
The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.
The shooter fired repeatedly with a rifle at the baseball field in Alexandria before being wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, lawmakers said.
Five people were shot by the gunman, including Scalise and one of the Capitol police officers, Crystal Griner.
Hodgkinson's weapons, a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 mm caliber (.30-caliber) rifle, were recovered at the scene, according to a joint statement issued Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several state and local law enforcement agencies.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where us laws are made. "It does not surprise me at all that she would think so quickly and act so courageously". "I started yelling at him, 'Hey, stop shooting; there's houses over here". Republican Congressman Gregg Harper gaveled in the session, and Republican Glenn Thompson delivered the first morning speech, as about 30 spectators watched from the visitors' galleries.