GOP baseball shooting: Bernie Sanders says gunman apparently was campaign volunteer

An acquaintance of the man who shot at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday morning said he was "shocked" to hear about the incident.

Bernie Sanders says he is "sickened by this despicable act".

"Let me be as clear as I can be", Sanders said. "I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

Other law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that at this point there's no indication that the shooter identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of IL had ties to global terrorism.

Police say it is too early to determine a motive in the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the third-ranked Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, and others.

Hodgkinson was a member of many anti-Republican groups on Facebook including "The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans", "Terminate The Republican Party", and "Donald Trump is not my President", a search of what appeared to be his profile showed.

According to a police report obtained by NBC News, officers in Hodgkinson's hometown responded to reports of "shots fired" involving the man in March. "We've got to stop the violence", he said. He also offered his prayers for those who were wounded and thanked the Capitol Police officers who responded. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values. Sanders said the gunman apparently volunteered on his campaign.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is condemning the shooting which left four people injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues".

  • Zachary Reyes