The fervent Bernie Sanders support also shared many articles and images in support of the defeated Democratic presidential hopeful.
A St. Louis resident, Charles Orear, said he had met James T. Hodgkinson.
In those letters, he wrote things like "I have never said life sucks, only the policies of the Republicans" and "It's not the Grand Old Party anymore".
One neighbor, a man in jeans and a straw cowboy hat who declined to give his name, said Hodgkinson has not lived at the house for "quite a while".
Arguing for a more progressive federal income tax, Hodgkinson was known to have attended protests in his hometown as well.
Page said when his wife called him, she told him he would "never believe" who was the shooter in Alexandria.
In late March, neighbors called 911 to complain that Hodgkinson was firing a high-powered rifle on his property. Brennwald thought it was odd he never saw Hodgkinson exercise or wear workout clothes and considered asking a staffer about him but never did, he said.
"I'm sorry that he did this, but there's nothing I can do about it", she said.
A deputy responded shortly after 3:05 p.m. and found that Hodgkinson "did have in his possession a valid Illinois FOID [firearms owner identification] card", and that the deputy advised Hodgkinson "to not discharge his weapon in the area". The most serious charges (not convictions) in the records are: - 1993 charges for DUI, fleeing/attempt to elude police, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, class A & B misdemeanors (case closed/dismissed, end of supervision) - 2006 charges for Battery/Cause Bodily Harm (2 counts), Aid/Abet damage to Motor Vehicle.
"He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics", he said. "I can't wrap my head around it". "I did my job a little too well", he added. Hodgkinson's wife joined him, struggling to pull their daughter out of the vehicle, as Hodgkinson punched the neighbor who was in the driver's seat of the auto in the face, witnesses told police.
After police released his photo, Craig said, she immediately recognized Hodgkinson and remembered his being "a little shady".
Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL. Ill., Sheriff's Department shows James T. Hodgkinson.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who shot a congressman and four other people had apparently volunteered for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, the Vermont senator said before assailing violence as "unacceptable in our society".