Sanders condemns shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaign

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

The gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice Wednesday has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a strong supporter of leftist Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders said Wednesday he is "sickened by this despicable act" and noted Hodgkinson apparently volunteered on his campaign. "I just want to let people know that he wasn't evil, that he was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics that are going on".

Sen. Sanders has released a statement about the shooter, saying "violence of any kind is unacceptable". Two Capitol Police officers and a congressional aide were also shot.

In statement from the White House, President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died of injuries sustained when Scalise's security detail returned fire.

Two now-inaccessible Facebook accounts under the name of James Hodgkinson, and purporting to be located in Belleville, Ill., were full of posts supporting Sanders and opposing Trump.

He has been identified as a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois, which is a small city just across the Mississippi River from the city of St Louis, Missouri.

Michael Hodgkinson said his sister had spoken with the shooting suspect's wife Tuesday.

But there were no signs of violent sentiments on his Facebook page.

Sanders noted Wednesday that he was aware that Hodgkinson had volunteered on his presidential campaign and denounced the violence.

In all, five people were wounded during the shooting at an Alexandria, Va. park baseball field in suburban Washington, D.C.

The shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice could have been motivated by heightened partisanship, a Republican congressman who survived the attack told CNN.

In a press conference, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Timothy Slater said that Hodgkinson's van, a white cargo wan, was located shortly after the shooting took place.

"We took off down the street and a Good Samaritan let us into his apartment so we could call 911 and then also call my family", he said.

A law enforcement source told ABC News that the suspect was injured and transported to George Washington University Hospital.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is now conducting urgent traces on two firearms - a rifle and a handgun - from the scene. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

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