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

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford also released several statements throughout the day, saying "please join me in praying for @SteveScalise, congressional staffers & Capitol Hill police that were shot in Alexandria".

The shooter in this morning's attack at the Republican Congressional Baseball Game practice has been identified by the Washington Post as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old IL man, has been identified as the suspect in the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, that left House Majority whip Steve Scalise and others injured. As we continue to gather information, Tracy and I would like to send our prayers to my friend and colleague, Steve Scalise, as well as members of the security detail and congressional staff who were injured. Let me be as clear as I can be.

Sanders said violence "is unacceptable in our society".

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old business owner in IL, had worked on Sanders's presidential campaign in Iowa, according to the Washington Post, which cited another campaign volunteer who knew the suspected shooter.

Robert Becker, who oversaw Sanders' campaign in Iowa and other key states, told CNN that no one remembered Hodgkinson during his time as a volunteer.

"I am grateful to the Capitol Police officers present, the police and first responders from Alexandria, Virginia who arrived on the scene quickly, the Members of Congress and all present who took courageous and immediate action".

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Hodgkinson did not stop, Schaumleffel said, so he filed a report with the sheriff's office.

The records identified him as a five-foot, six-inch (1.67-meter) man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg), with brown eyes.According to his Facebook profile, Hodgkinson went to Belleville Township High School West and studied flight training at Southwestern Illinois College.

Police arrested Hodgkinson and his wife and charged them with domestic battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm, according to a narrative obtained by The Post. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, Sanders said on the Senate floor.

He adds in his statement that "real change" can only come through nonviolent action.

Court records show Hodgkinson had a history of arrests, petty traffic offenses and other interactions with law enforcement that spanned decades, culminating in an alleged domestic battery incident in 2006 during which he was reported to have punched a woman in the face. President Trump said later during a news conference that the suspect died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police. The charges were dismissed, records show. Another said: "Trump is a mean, disgusting person".

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house.

In letters to the editor, republished by the Belleville News-Democrat, Hodgkinson repeatedly writes about income inequality, arguing that widening inequality and low tax brackets for the richest Americans enacted in the 1920s led to the Great Depression.

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