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Sanders on Va. shooting: ‘I am sickened by this despicable act’

Sen. Sanders says suspected shooter reportedly volunteered on his campaign.
Sen. Sanders says suspected shooter reportedly volunteered on his campaign.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he is “sickened by this despicable act” after a former campaign volunteer of his allegedly opened fire and wounded several Republicans, including Representative Steve Scalise, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria.

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act,” Sanders said. “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.”

Law enforcement officials identified the shooting suspect as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with police during the attack.

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A Facebook page that appears to belong to Hodgkinson features a cover picture of Sanders. One posting also indicated that Hodgkinson signed a change.org petition for “the legal impeachment and or legal removal of The President & Vice President, et al., for Treason and Misprision of Treason.”


Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report.