Sen. Sanders "sickened" by shooting from campaign volunteer

Early reports indicated that Scalise was in stable condition and that at least two other victims, including a congressional staffer and a capitol hill police officer, were wounded but expected to survive.

Hodgkinson died in the shootout with authorities after he opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they were practicing at an Alexandria, Va., field.

"If we don't play this baseball game, and we go home, then they win", Texas Rep. Roger Williams said.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said. The only member of Congress who sustained injuries was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisana.

On March 22, Hodgkinson posted a petition calling for "Legal Removal of President & Vice President, et al., for Misprision of Treason" on his Facebook page.

Hodgkinson's home town of Belleville, Illinois - across the Mississippi River from the city of St Louis, Missouri - is a former manufacturing hub populated largely by German immigrants. "He was a working man", said Matthew Jett, who works at the Main St. Cafe in Belleville, where Hodgkinson was a regular.

A rifle-toting US man opened fire Wednesday at about two dozen Republican lawmakers and staff holding a baseball practice ahead of a charity game, wounding a top congressman and four others.

Sanders is just one of the many political figures who have condemned Wednesday morning's attack.

Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN he was on deck at a practice for the congressional baseball team when the shooting occurred.

Two now-inaccessible Facebook accounts under the name of James Hodgkinson and purporting to be located in Belleville, Ill., were full of posts supporting Sanders and opposing President Trump.

Representative Ron De Santis said that a man matching Hodgkinson's description approached him prior to the shooting and asked "whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there".

The senator said he was "sickened by this despicable act" and that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society". They were there on location as part of Steve Scalise's detail.

"I told the sheriff, 'I don't know what's the matter with that guy, but he can't be shooting like that, '" he said.

Hodgkinson's brother Michael said he was angry over the election of Mr Trump and had travelled to Washington to protest. The shooter also harmed a congressional staffer and members of the Capitol Police.

He added: "I knew he was a Democrat, a pretty hardcore one". Flake, of Arizona, said he ran onto the field and also tried to come to Scalise's aide.

The FBI has taken control of the crime scene, which is located some 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma's federal legislators strongly praised the law enforcement response to the shootings in Virginia Wednesday that appeared to be a targeted attack on Republicans.

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