Sanders condemns shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaign

Jun 16, 2017, 06:05
Sanders condemns shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaign

The senator spoke hours after a man identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on Republican lawmakers, aides and others practicing baseball in suburban Alexandria, Virginia.

He shot the third-highest-ranking House Republican, whip Steve Scalise, and injured four others at the field just outside of Washington about 7am on Wednesday (9pm AEST). But he said no one can recall him.

"I saw the officer get hit, kind of slumping near the SUV", Filous said.

Hodgkinson was allegedly armed with a rifle when he approached the baseball field and started shooting as Republican congressmen were practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game, which raises money for charity.

Mr DeSantis said he was "not really a friendly guy", but it was "not enough that I thought he was going to go commit acts of violence". President Donald Trump later said Hodgkinson was dead.

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In a March 22 Facebook post, Hodgkinson, who turned his ire against Trump, who he described as a "traitor".

Police say the suspected shooter in the Virginia shooting of a GOP lawmaker is from IL.

Hodgkinson's social media accounts indicated he was a supporter of Bernie Sanders during the previous presidential election. Bernie Sanders later said Hodgkinson had volunteered on his campaign, and Sanders condemned the shooting.

Authorities believe Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a cargo van and not working, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said.

Hodgkinson also had a history of violence. Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut the friend's seat belt and punched that woman in the face. He told KCCI "Our computer records show that he volunteers for one debate watch party in Iowa".

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Barton said the shooting lasted 5-10 minutes, and there were dozens if not hundreds of shots fired.

According to reports, Mo Brooks, U.S. Representative for Alabama's 5th congressional district used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding for Scalise, who according to reports is in stable with the policemen who were shot by the gunman. "I am so grateful for the heroic action of the Capitol Hill Police Force protection detail and pray for the full recovery of my roommate Congressman Steve Scalise and others wounded this morning".

"We are strongest when we are unified and we work together for the common good", Trump said.

"America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting", the President said.

Hodgkinson, 66, was fatally shot by police during the attack. "Steve, I want you to know, you have the prayers of not only an entire city, but an entire nation behind you and, frankly, the entire world". "I do think that things have become very partisan and very hardened in the country today", he said.

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