James Hodgkinson, 66, was a crazed Trump-hater who decided to open fire on a baseball field, while several republican congressman were practicing for a game. Four people were injured before Capitol police was able to take Hodgkinson out.
Witnesses who knew Hodgkinson are speaking out about the man’s peculiar behavior. Waitresses at a local BBQ spot say Hodgkinson would come in most days for happy hour, and his rude behavior creeped them out.
“He definitely creeped out all our female bartenders,” said Jamie Craig, a bartender at the restaurant. “I tried to shy away from him… just a feeling, he gave me a weird, odd vibe.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Craig said Hodgkinson would come to the bar alone, usually dressed in a collared shirt and jeans. He would order Budweiser, but usually only drank one or two.
Hodgkinson didn’t talk about politics, said Craig, and he didn’t mention his personal life.
They would usually discuss the weather or different types of craft beer, but Hodgkinson usually kept to himself and seemed to be staring out the windows daydreaming.
‘He would always have one or two and leave. He did seem to be staring a lot out the windows,’ said Craig.
‘He was quiet, definitely not a socialite,’ she added. ‘He was not the friendliest of people. I remember he was a bit of a rude person sometimes.’
She said Hodgkinson would often look angry and annoyed when he tried to get the bartenders attention during busy times at the bar.
Craig said she is not sure when he started coming in, but it was probably a few months ago. She said she hadn’t seen him in several weeks when she saw him on the news on Wednesday.
She said she was surprised by the news that he was the congressional shooter. Other bartenders at the restaurant started texting his photo, and all the staff seemed to remember him.
‘[The other bartenders] were showing the picture around on the text message, we have a group text message and everybody remembered him,’ said Craig. ‘That’s the guy who would come in and have a Bud.’
Trump-hating Hodgkinson had wanted to protest the president by moving to Washington D.C. – but found himself lonely, isolated and living out of his gym bag.
The Bernie Sanders supporter is known to have moved from his hometown of Belleville, Illinois, within recent weeks.
But instead of being able to make a permanent protest against the president he found himself essentially homeless and desperate to find work.