Bernie Sanders 'sickened' by congressional shooter, who allegedly was campaign volunteer


FBI, Capitol Police and law enforcement from Alexandria, Virginia have not confirmed the shooter's identity. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and two Capitol Police officers.

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and "saw the shooter".

Public records that align with the alleged shooter's name and personal details also match the descriptions on Hodgkinson's Facebook profile: his business, location, wife, and wife's employer.

"Nobody has any recollection of him", Becker told CNN.

CBS News reported that another witness said the gunman was a Caucasian man with white facial hair in his 50s or 60s, which seems to track with the Post's report. "Sanders said he was 'sickened by this despicable act" and condemned it "in the strongest possible terms". "When you have no way to defend yourself. the field was essentially a killing field".

On Facebook in 2015, Hodgkinson made at least one comment about the Republican congressman he is accused of eventually attacking in person. According to Duncan, a man asked him whether the people practicing were Democrats or Republicans.

There are two Facebook pages bearing Hodgkinson's name that have been active since 2012, most recently showing support for Bernie Sanders's presidential run and sharing anti-Trump articles and cartoons and other content from progressive media outlets.

A motive is still unclear, and the FBI is investigating the incident. According to their reports, Capitol Police, which accompany lawmakers in leadership positions - like Scalise - were able to gun down Hodgkinson and tend to people on the scene.

Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle in St. Clair County in IL, according to court records viewed by PEOPLE. Police recovered a shotgun from Hodgkinson following that arrest. The company says Mika is director of government relations for Tyson's Washington, D.C., office.

The story went on to say that Orear described Hodgkinson as a "quiet guy" who was "very mellow, very reserved" when they stayed overnight at a Sanders's supporter home in Rock Island, Illinois.

Following the shooting Wednesday morning at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia, Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor to denounce the violence.

Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader.

He also wrote about conservative talk radio and TV, saying that his favorite show was Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program and writing that he believed MSNBC provided "a better, balanced opinion", than Fox News.

The incident is the first time a member of Congress was shot since former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in January 2011.



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