JUST IN: Baseball practice shooter associated with Sanders campaign; Bernie responds

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The gunman responsible for the shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia this morning has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who is now dead.

Multiple media outlets have cited the police report confirming Hodgkinson, shot and killed by police at the scene, was the shooter.

Adding a layer to the discussion of this incident are reports that Hodgkinson volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa back in 2016.

Sanders immediately condemned the act and said his prayers are with Scalise and the other victims:

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” he said. “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 about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values. My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm,” Sanders said.

The Washington post reports Hodgkinson was popped for battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle in April of 2006.

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