A mechanic in Alexandria, Va., said James Hodgkinson, the man suspected of shooting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others, went on a rant against President Donald Trump before the attack, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"This man was just so passionate and hateful toward (President Donald) Trump," said mechanic Crist Dauberman of the Del Ray Service Center.
Dauberman said Hodgkinson stopped by to have his tires checked the day before Republicans lawmakers were attacked at a nearby baseball field while practicing for a charity baseball game, according to the newspaper.
Hodgkinson claimed Trump had screwed up the U.S. "more than anyone in the history of this country."
Recalling Hodgkinson's profanity-laden tirade, Dauberman said: "It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary [Clinton]. This was different. It was deeply rooted to where his whole tone and composure changed. His voice got loud and deep. There was so much anger in it."
Scalise's Twitter account posted photos of him with his family over the weekend to mark Father's Day.
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