Sanders condemns Virginia shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaign

Sanders condemns Virginia shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaign

Sanders condemns Virginia shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaign

Hodgkinson was fatally wounded in a gun battle with U.S. Capitol Police officers present in the park to provide security for Scalise, and responding officers with the Alexandria Police Department. This year's game, scheduled for Thursday, the supported charities are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center.

The FBI and other federal investigators arrived Wednesday morning at Hodgkinson's two-story home on the outskirts of Belleville.

The married man has also posted abusive and expletive-laden comments about Mr Trump on social media as recently as Monday. Spokesman Dillon McConnell of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the agency is "conducting emergency traces for a handgun and a rifle", but declined to identify the weapons types.

Members of both parties were quick to condemn the shootings.

Also on the baseball field at the time was IL U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who was not hurt. Callers to 911 reported hearing roughly 50 shots in the area, about the same number of shots many said they heard in Wednesday's shooting. Davis credited Capitol Police officers on the scene with saving lives. His demeanor was "calm", witness Falisa Peoples said.

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During an early afternoon conference call with reporters, Davis described the shooter as "a madman" and "crazed lunatic".

"I don't think Tom was a killer I think something broke", he said.

Let's agree that there is a baseline for political discourse and that calling for violence or assassination, whether in a tweet, a photo shoot, or a play, is unacceptable.

"America is praying for you and America is praying for the victims", he said. "But be respectful and kind, and stop the hateful, hateful rhetoric that I see coming out of politics, of Congress".

Hodgkinson's own descriptions on social media portray him as an avid consumer of political shows. He said Hodgkinson was not a staffer and had no formal role in the campaign. Meanwhile, reports say that Scalise wounds are not considered to be life-threatening, his office mentioned in a report. He said he saw the gunman pacing from one end of the third base dugout to the other, firing multiple rounds then stopping to shout things like "get out of here". "He has been taken to a local hospital and we're awaiting word on his condition", the company said in a written statement.

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We will not give in to fear, violence or hate. "I'm not a Republican and I've had all kinds of threats against me and my family". Brooks said the Capitol officers were armed only with pistols, and "taking on a guy with a rifle from 90-120 feet away".

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who led a progressive, left-wing populist effort that very almost won him the Democratic presidential nomination, condemned the shooting Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice - and acknowledged the suspect was apparently a supporter of his campaign. The former candidate said Wednesday that Hodgkinson apparently volunteered on his campaign, saying he was "sickened by this despicable act".

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house in southern IL. It was incorporated in 1994 and dissolved voluntarily in January of this year.

The deputy cautioned Hodgkinson about shooting around homes, given that the rounds can travel up to a mile. IL state records show that he dissolved his company on January 10.

Court records show Hodgkinson had two traffic tickets dismissed in 2011.

Police previously arrested Hodgkinson in St. Clair County on charges that include failing to obtain electrical permits, damaging a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer, eluding police, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence and assorted traffic offenses.

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Dale Walsh, 65, of Belleville, said he was a lifelong friend of Hodgkinson's.

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