Shooting suspect recently moved to area; volunteered for Sanders campaign

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WASHINGTON — The man suspected of firing on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria recently moved to the D.C. region and had volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Originally from Belleville, Illinois, James T. Hodgkinson had been living in the Alexandria area for the past two months, his wife told ABC News.

President Donald Trump announced earlier that the gunman had died at a D.C. hospital but did not name the shooter.

Multiple law enforcement and government sources however have confirmed the shooter’s identity.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a floor speech Wednesday afternoon that he learned that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his progressive campaign, which focused on economic equality and nearly toppled Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations and threatened to derail the Democratic Convention last summer.

“I am sickened by this despicable act,” 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 — anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values.”

Stay with WTOP for updates on this developing story.

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