Acquaintance of Alexandria shooting suspect: 'He could have a short temper'

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

I do not blame Bernie Sanders or the House Democrats who stopped to pray for Rep. Scalise for what happened in Alexandria today.

The suspect in a Wednesday morning shooting that injured a Republican congressman has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement sources. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who lost the Democratic primary nomination to Hillary Clinton but has remained active in calling for Democrats to endorse more progressive policies.

Hodgkinson's wife told ABC News that her husband had been living in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past two months.

The gunman, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, campaigned for Sanders in Iowa, ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses in February 2016.

"I am sickened by this act", Sanders said.

Hodgkinson's Facebook posts were frequently critical of Trump.

"Republicans and Democrats need to use this day today to stand together and say stop", he said.

Brooks said he was on deck at a practice for the congressional baseball team when the shooting occurred.

It is being speculated that Wednesday's attack on a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia was connected to left-wing rhetoric against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Hodgkinson, reportedly an avid supporter of and campaign volunteer for pro-abortion Sen.

Another incident took place in 2006 involving an alleged domestic battery and unlawful discharge of a shotgun. I see a rifle. and I see a little bit of a body.

Separately, Hodgkinson had an extensive history of traffic violations and petty offenses in St. Clair County, Illinois, spanning from 1989 to 2011, according to online county court records.

The Belleville News-Democrat, the local paper in the community where Hodgkinson reportedly lived, showed a photo of him holding a "Tax the Rich" sign in a protest outside a local post office. "I do think that things have become very partisan and very hardened in the country today", he said.

"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.

Hean said Hodgkinson came off as extreme. He said Hodgkinson spent most of his life building homes but in recent years turned to home inspections. "That's the way I got", he said.

"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off".

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