Family and neighbors describe Virginia shooter: reclusive with a violent past

People in Belleville, Illinois who knew James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on a congressional baseball practice, say he was aloof with firm political views

Behind an immaculately kept lawn and a neat gravel pathway, the unassuming two storey house almost seemed like any other along the lane in Belleville, Illinois. If it weren’t for the FBI agents, who had been parked outside for 24 hours, and the small army of reporters camped on the roadside, none of the neighbours would have assumed anything untoward.

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