Trump: Shooter in attack on GOP congressional baseball team is dead

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the gunman in the shooting on a Republican congressional baseball team has died.

The gunman was identified as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, according to federal law enforcement sources. Hodgkinson was 66.

In a statement, Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said Hodgkinson volunteered on his campaign.

“I am sickened by this despicable act,” Sanders said. “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.

The incident injured five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

“Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries,” Trump said from the White House.

Scalise, a congressional staffer and two law enforcement officials suffered gunshot wounds after the shooter opened fire on Republican members of Congress on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Steve Scalise is a friend and a very good friend. He’s a patriot and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault and, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world,” Trump said. “America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this shooting.”

Trump canceled a scheduled event at the Labor Department soon after the shooting took place, and the White House has said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received updates on the shooting.

In the wake of the shooting, Trump spoke over the phone with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Scalise’s wife and his chief of staff, as well as the Capitol Police chief.

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