Rifle-wielding assailant James T. Hodgkinson, who is believed to be a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, opened fire at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others before being killed by U.S. Capitol Police.
Following the report, Sen. Sanders took to the Senate floor to condemn what he called a “despicable act.”
“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,” he said on the floor.
Sanders’ campaign manager during the 2016 election, Jeff Weaver, said the Sanders political staff is trying to get more information on the alleged shooter, as there were thousands of Sanders volunteers across the country during the campaign.
Weaver said the alleged shooter was not a staffer and did have any kind of position or formal role in the campaign.
Watch senator Sanders remarks in the video below:
"I am sickened by this despicable act."
Sen. Bernie Sanders condemns alleged shooter James T. Hodgkinson, a volunteer on his 2016 campaign pic.twitter.com/dom250sElU
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