According to president Donald Trump, the shooter from this morning’s attack in Alexandria has succumbed to his injuries.
After opening fire on several Republican congressmen practicing on a baseball field, the rifle-toting gunman was shot down by the congressmen’s security detail. Initially wounded, the perpetrator was taken to the hospital, but he has since died.
While we’re still learning more about the shooter and his motives, there are several reports indicating that the man was a one-time volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. In a public statement, Bernie emphatically denounced the man and his actions:
I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. 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.
My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.
In an interesting twist, South Carolina representative Jeff Duncan believes he may have spoken to the shooter in the parking lot. Duncan had left early, and encountered a man who asked him which party the players were affiliated with. Duncan thought nothing of the situation until he heard about the attack.
The investigation is ongoing and has been taken on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.