Last week, the world was told that the accused shooter in an attack on a congressional baseball game Wednesday morning was from Belleville.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, died in the shootout with officers — but not before injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., a staff member and two Capitol Police officers.
Below, take a look at five crucial News-Democrat stories covering the life and death of Hodgkinson:
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Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout early Wednesday morning when he opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
TV news media released his identity and hometown, Belleville, shortly after the shooting.
Hodgkinson submitted several letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat throughout the years.
In those letters, he often railed against Republicans and tax policies, and at least once advocated for legalizing marijuana.
News-Democrat reporters requested a judge unseal court transcripts outlining a Nov. 21, 2006 hearing in which teenager Cathy Rainbolt told a judge her foster father, Hodgkinson, was physically abusive to her.
Rainbolt died in 2015 of a drug overdose after a life “mixed with human suffering and laughter,” her obit read.
Who was Hodgkinson before this near deadly attack in Virginia?
News-Democrat reporters talked with former friends and scour court records to paint a picture of the 66-year-old’s life.
James Hodgkinson’s wife, Sue Hodgkinson, held a brief press conference outside their Belleville home Thursday afternoon.
She told reporters she had “no idea” her husband was going to shoot at people when he left for Washington, D.C. earlier this year.