Bernie Sanders Responds To Virginia Shooting

June 14th 2017

Kyle Jaeger

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) condemned the Virginia shooting that left four people injured, including a member of Congress, on Wednesday.

In a press release, the Vermont senator said that the shooter, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, "apparently volunteered" on his 2016 presidential campaign. He said he was "sickened by this despicable act."

"Let me be as clear as I can be," Sanders said. "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."

Hodgkinson was shot by law enforcement shortly after opening fire at a baseball field in Virginia where Republican lawmakers were practicing on Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries, President Donald Trump announced during a press conference.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip and was taken into surgery. He and the three other victims are expected to survive, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI has taken over the investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure when a member of Congress is involved in an attack.