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Sanders Says Shooting Suspect Volunteered For His Campaign

15 Juin 2017

AFP | A rifle-toting U.S. man opened fire Wednesday at about two dozen Republican lawmakers and staff holding a baseball practice ahead of a charity game, wounding a top congressman and at least three others.

Multiple law enforcement sources have identified the man as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, who left the practice just prior to the shooting, said a man had asked him just before if those on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

Scalise was among several people wounded when a rifle-wielding attacker fired on Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. Bost characterized the communications as "angry" and "not in support" of his policies, but said they never crossed a line into threats of violence.

"Once we got back to the Hill, we got word that there was a shooting".

"Want to say Mr. President, for being an a** hole you are truly the biggest a** hole we have ever had in the Oval Office", he wrote. The chief said the officers "acted heroically" once gunfire rang out.

President Donald Trump decried the shooting of a top House Republican on Wednesday as a "very, very brutal assault" and called for all Americans to set aside differences and pray for the recovery of the victims.

In a March 22 Facebook post, Hodgkinson, who turned his ire against Trump, who he described as a "traitor". Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy.

The shooter hailed from Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St Louis, Missouri, though his wife told ABC News that he had been living in Alexandria for the past two months.

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Rep. Steve Scalise, was among those shot in Alexandria, Virginia. Shannon Russell, a member of the Belleville chapter of the anti-Trump Indivisible, posted a statement this morning on the group's Facebook page saying that Hodgkinson had not been a member.

Sanders says violence is unacceptable, and says only "nonviolent action" can bring change. He died in the hospital from wounds sustained in a shootout with police.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", Michael told The New York Times. Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut the friend's seat belt and punched that woman in the face. Charges in that case were dismissed.

Scalise, a Louisiana Republican and the House majority whip, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted early Wednesday that she had spoken to Capitol Police and that the officers "will be ok".

"It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", it said.

"America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting", the President said. Police recovered a shotgun from Hodgkinson following that arrest. Scalise and Capitol Police.

In another post, Hodgkinson called Trump an "a** hole", according to The Daily Caller.

Republican Roger Williams, who coaches the team, was also injured in the attack.