According to former Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Bill Euille (D), the gunman in the Scalise shooting was living out of his gym bag. Over the past six weeks, Euille walked past the man every day and even offered to help him find a job.
“After the first or second week, he asked about good places to eat … within walking distance,” Euille told the Washington Post. “ A long weekend was coming up and he asked what was going on in town. …. That was the type of conversation we had.”
Euille saw the gunman on a daily basis when he went to workout at the local YMCA between 7 and 7:30 a.m. At times, when political news, especially about President Trump came on TV, “he indicated he agreed with us,” Euille said.
Euille, a general contractor, learned that the gunman was a home inspector. When the former mayor attempted to help the gunman obtain a job, he admitted he had no college degree.
“He was a very friendly person,” Euille told the Washington Post. “But what I did notice about this gentleman is he’d open up his gym bag and in it, he had everything he owned. He was living out of the gym bag. That, and he sat in the Y’s lobby for hours and hours. Outside of myself, I don’t think he knew anyone else in town.”