'Sickened by despicable act': Sanders condemns supporter's shooting of GOP congressman

Rod J. Rosenstein Donald Trump FBI Director White House Rosenstein Mueller III

Rod J. Rosenstein Donald Trump FBI Director White House Rosenstein Mueller III

The director of Sanders' Iowa campaign says campaign staff could not recall the gunman, whose name was James T. Hodgkinson. He apparently volunteered for the presidential campaign of Sen. One of the pages has a banner picture of Bernie Sanders and the other one contains anti-Trump rants.

The focus of the FBI investigation is what motivated Hodgkinson, 66, to open fire during a Republican congressional baseball practice.

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

Two police officers received non-life threatening bullet wounds as they fired back at the gunman.

Documents filed with the State of IL show Hodgkinson used to own an appraisal and home inspection business.

The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL home.

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Sanders swiftly responded to the reports, saying he was "sickened" by what he called a "despicable act".

Posts from past year show he was adamantly opposed to Clinton, and, after the election, to President Donald Trump. A recent post reads: "Trump is a traitor". Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy.

Meanwhile, Michael, Hodgkinson's brother, said he was angry over the election of Trump and travelled to Washington to protest. That post linked to a petition calling for Trump's impeachment "and or legal removal". He said he was part of a '99%' team drawing attention to the amount of money and political power the top 1 percent of Americans acquired.

He also belonged to anti-Republican groups, including one called "Terminate the Republican Party", the Belleville News Democrat reported. A resident by his name wrote repeated letters to the editor, often arguing in favor of raising taxes on the rich. "Let's work to get this country back".

Euille told WAMU that he spoke with the IL resident for 20 to 30 minutes each time they met at the gym, but Hodgkinson did not work out; he only used the sauna, dressed in the locker room and spent time using his laptop.

"He wasn't obnoxious, he wasn't problematic", Charlene Brennan said.

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Law enforcement records show that Hodgkinson had been arrested on suspicion of battery and motor vehicle damage, among other arrests. His most serious problems came in 2006, when he was arrested on a battery charge. In the same incident, he fired a shotgun.

Authorities say Hodgkinson was fatally wounded when members of the Capitol Police Department returned fire. He had a valid firearms owner identification card, and the deputies advised him to shoot his weapon safely. A bar manager at a restaurant in Alexandria told the newspaper that Hodgkinson visited repeatedly and seemed like "not a friendly person" but did not discuss politics or why he was in Alexandria.

The former mayor of Alexandria, Bill Euille, told the Post he had spent the last month and a half talking to Hodgkinson almost every morning.

Over the last several weeks, Hodgkinson spent time at a YMCA near the site of the shooting, sitting with a computer in the lobby or at a table in an exercise area that overlooked the baseball field.

A judge later returned the teen to the custody of IL welfare officials and awarded guardianship to the Hodgkinsons' neighbor, the Post-Dispatch reported.

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