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Suspect killed in shootout wanted to ‘terminate the Republican Party’

Injured in the attack were House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.; Matt Mika, a former congressional staff member who now works for Tyson Foods; and Zack Barth, a staff aide to Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; and two U.S. Capitol Police officers who were part of Scalise’s security detail.

President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died during gunfire exchanged with congressional security workers.

Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business. Hodgkinson was a licensed home inspector from 1994 to 1997, when his license expired, according to records from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He also held a license from 2003 to 2016, but it was not renewed.

Two days ago, Hodgkinson posted an angry tweet about Trump on Facebook.

“I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office,” he wrote on Facebook. Full story.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.