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Sanders sickened by 'despicable' shooting

The Hill logo The Hill 6/14/2017 Rebecca Savransky

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday he was "sickened" by the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others at a congressional baseball practice, which appears to have been carried out by a former volunteer to his presidential campaign.

"I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign," Sanders said in a statement delivered on the Senate floor.

"I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms," he added.

The Vermont senator said real change can only be achieved "through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values."

"My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery," he said.

"I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm."

President Trump said during a press statement at the White House that the shooter had died from his injuries. The alleged gunman was identified in reports as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was among several shot during the baseball practice early Wednesday in a Washington, D.C., suburb and was in stable condition. It was believed a single gunman fired as many as 50 shots as GOP lawmakers and aides scrambled for cover. Sanders sickened by 'despicable' shooting © Provided by The Hill Sanders sickened by 'despicable' shooting

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