Sanders: GOP baseball shooter worked on my campaign

Former Democratic presidential candidate says he is 'sickened' by actions of supporter who shot GOP baseball team.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Senator (Vt.) Bernie Sanders revealed Wednesday that the alleged gunman who opened fire on the GOP congressional baseball team was a volunteer for his campaign, CNN reported.

Sanders condemned the shooting and offered his prayers for the recovery of the victims.

"Our prayers go out for a full recovery of Rep. Scalise, the congressional aides and police who were injured," Sanders wrote in a tweet. "We’ve got to stop the violence."

The Senator also released a statement to reporters following the shooting. "Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms."

He released a second statement in which he said: "I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values."

The shooter was identified by federal law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill, the Washington Post reported.

Five people were injured during the shooting, including Majority House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), and as many as four others.

A Facebook page belonging to the suspect pictures of former Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and rhetoric against US President Donald Trump. One post reads: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

Law enforcement sources called the shooting a "deliberate attack" on the group of Republicans.

Hodgkinson later died of injuries he sustained when law enforcement stopped his shooting rampage.








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