Republican senator shot by 'Bernie Sanders volunteer'

Sen. Mark Warner               CBS News

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Bernie Sanders said he was "sickened" after a gunman, who he said "apparently volunteered" on his presidential campaign, opened fire on Republican lawmakers Wednesday during a congressional baseball practice. Gomez said, speculating such change could render Hodgkinson "personally angry at Republicans or Democrats or maybe Congress in general, and wanting to seek revenge for perceived slights, perceived anger, perceived harm". The carnage would have been far worse has the police officers, who typically guard members of the congressional leadership, had not been present, according to CNN. One reporter who put the question to reps of local police, Capitol Hill police, Federal Bureau of Investigation said he had heard the shooter asked if they were Dems or Republicans before opening fire. The White House press office quickly put out a brief statement noting that Trump was "deeply saddened by the tragedy", and the president followed up with a tweet: "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".

Hodgkinson's wife told ABC News on Wednesday that he had been living in Alexandria, Virginia, the location of the shooting, for the past two months. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said six people had been wounded. Paul said he heard a first, "isolated" shot followed by a "rapid succession" of five to 10 shots.

He owns a home inspection business but his inspection license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, according to the Washington Post.

Beginning in 1969, he studied aviation at Belleville Area College, which later became Southwestern Illinois College. Hodgkinson was charged with two counts of battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, criminal damage to a motor vehicle and two counts of domestic battery. Charges in that case were dismissed.

Suspect in Congressional shooting identified, has died from injuries
The Washington Post reported that Hodgkinson campaigned for Bernie Sanders during his run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Federal law enforcement sources have identified to CNN the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson , 66, of IL .

The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials.

Witnesses told deputies that Hodgkinson burst into the home and told his daughter "to get your stuff".

This screen capture shows the Facebook page of James T. Hodgkinson displaying a portrait picture of Bernie Sanders on June 14, 2017.

Over the years, Hodgkinson has had multiple scrapes with local police and disputes with neighbors and his daughter, records show.

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However, in the couple's last annual report regarding the girl, they said she was returned to state custody on July 7, 2006; court documents did not state why the judge took that action.

Hodgkinson's online presence was largely defined by his politics.

The other profile has a profile photo with an image of Bernie Sanders as Uncle Sam. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy.

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely.

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