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Bernie Sanders says he is 'sickened by this despicable act'

Illinois man shoots at GOP gathering outside DC, injures congressman, others Who Is Alleged Va. Shooting Suspect James Hodgkinson?
Saul Franklin | 16 June, 2017, 06:17

[Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shares well wishes after baseball field shooting] Hodgkinson's wife told ABC News that her husband has been living in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past two months.

Law-enforcement officials named 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, as the suspect in the congressional baseball practice shooting on Wednesday morning, multiple outlets reported.

That's when Bill Schaumleffel recalled hearing shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home. His most serious problems apparently came in 2006, when he was arrested on a battery charge.

The vast majority of the cases are traffic violations and almost all of them were later dismissed.

In April 2006, he was arrested on two counts of battery - one for striking a man in the face with a wood shotgun stock and another for punching a woman with his fist, as well as a count of unlawful damage to a motor vehicle for cutting the passenger seatbelt of the woman's auto with a knife. The vast majority of the cases were traffic violations and almost all of them were later dismissed. The most recent conviction on his record was for a "petty offense" of failure to obtain an electrical contractor's license in 2009.

The man who opened fire on politicians and police officers in the United States of America has died from his injuries, Donald Trump has said.

The incident happened March 24, according to sheriff's officials, just days before Hodgkinson presumably left IL for Virginia.

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According to the Washington Post, Hodgkinson campaigned for Bernie Sanders in the Quad Cities during the senator's presidential run.

Hodgkinson campaigned for Sanders in Iowa and wrote in August 2016 on Facebook that he wanted "Bernie to Win the White House".

In a Senate floor speech, Sanders said he's "sickened" by the shooting. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

When Hodgkinson refused to stop, Schaumleffel called the sheriff's department.

He continued, wishing for the speedy recovery of Republican Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, congressional staffers and Capitol Police Officers who were shot.

At the time of the shooting, the congressmen were practicing for the congressional baseball game, an annual bipartisan event that raises money for charity. Two law enforcement sources tell NPR's Carrie Johnson that Hodgkinson is the suspect.

"It's too early to tell whether the shooting was an act of terrorism or whether members of Congress were specifically targeted", CNN quoted Tim Slater, the Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge, as saying. Police described the scene as "stable". Reports say Hodgkinson may have had an M1 rifle potentially capable of firing 30 rounds of ammunition.Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) said during the press briefing in Alexandria that "There are too many guns on the street". Scalise was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries. The FBI says it has not ruled out terrorism and continues to investigate.

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