June 15, 2017 7:56 pm
Updated: June 15, 2017 7:58 pm

Wife of gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise says she saw no signs he was planning attack

WATCH: Wife of the man accused of shooting at Congressman Scalise speaks out

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. – The wife of a gunman who shot and wounded a top Republican congressman and several others says her husband went to Washington, D.C. because he wanted to work on tax policy.

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Sue Hodgkinson spoke to reporters Thursday outside her Illinois home. She says she didn’t know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March because she was busy with her job at a tax firm. But he sold items from his businesses and told her he was going to Washington. She learned about the shootings while at work Wednesday during a telephone call from a television reporter.

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“I had no idea this was going to happen and I don’t know what to say about it. I can’t wrap my head around it,” Hodgkinson said.

Hodgkinson said repeatedly that she saw no signs her husband was planning violence. She said he talked a lot about politics but, when pressed, said she didn’t want to discuss her husband’s views. He had been a vocal opponent of the Republican Party.

Asked about her husband’s decision to leave for an extended period of time, Hodgkinson said that her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter had recently moved home. Her husband was at home all day with them, she said, and she thought he might have wanted a break.

“I’m sorry that he did this but there’s nothing I can do about it,” she said.

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