Shooting leads to calls to close political divide – Pennsylvania News

Shooting leads to calls to close political divide – Pennsylvania News

Local political leaders are reflecting on the current divide in America and searching for ways to create calmer discourse Wednesday, after a gunman opened fire on House Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game.

House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, was among several people wounded at the baseball diamond Alexandria, Virginia. The alleged shooter is an Illinois man identified as James T. Hodgkinson, according to The Associated Press.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, of South Carolina, said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting, the AP reported. The man calmly asked which party’s lawmakers were practicing, and Duncan told him they were the Republicans. The man thanked him.

Hodgkinson, who was shot and later died, volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, according to reports. The Vermont Democrat issued a statement condemning his supporter’s actions.

“I am sickened by this despicable act,” Sanders said in the statement. “Let me be as clear as I can. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

Local reaction: G. Terry Madonna, a longtime political pollster at Franklin and Marshall College, said he’s had concerns about the “deep polarization” and fragmentation of politics in…

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