“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” stated Sanders. “I am sickened by this despicable act.”
The deceased gunman has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. A Facebook page belonging to someone with the same name and hometown of Hodgkinson includes both anti-Republican and anti-Trump rhetoric, as well as photos of Sanders.
The Washington Post further reported that Hodgkinson canvased for Sanders during his campaign for the 2016 democratic nomination for president.
“Let me be as clear as I can be,” said Sanders. “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.”
He continued, “My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.”
Hodgkinson allegedly opened fire on a group of GOP lawmakers and aides practicing for Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday.
House Whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana was among those shot but is in stable condition.