(INTELLIHUB) — Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) issued a statement following the shooting which occurred at Simpson Field in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning after it was discovered by investigators that the shooting was carried out by one of the Senator’s former campaign volunteers.
“I am sickened by this despicable act,” the Senator from Vermont said in a statement. “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. Real change can only come about 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. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.”
The shooter, identified as James T, Hodgkinson, is now deceased from his wounds.