Rep. Scalise shot in Virginia
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:54
A gunman opened fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning, wounding at least five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
Congressional staff member, Zach Barth and the Tyson Food Director of Goverment Relations, Matt Mika were also injured in the shooting.
Law enforcement has identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, according to a federal law enforcement sources. He was reportedly shot in the hip and is expected to recover.
NPR reports that Scalise was shot in the hip and is undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Thank you to the courageous first responders and may the angels of mercy heal our wounded colleagues, their staff and others who were harmed.
A gunman has opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington. Capitol Police were also at the scene.
Alexandria police said that five people were transported to local hospitals, including the suspect.
There are reports of between 50-100 shots being fired from a rifle towards members from Congress. "It's really raw at this moment", Slater said.
The Congressional Baseball Game, a bipartisan tradition, will go on as scheduled Thursday, according to Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona. The annual game has been played since 1909.
Lawmakers took cover in the dugout. Steve Scalise was on second base. Once they were able, Sen.
Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and "saw the shooter".
"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", President Trump said. Senator Rand Paul said that if the police officers were not present it would have been a "massacre".
The Capitol Police officers "have not suffered any life threatening injuries", said Capitol Hill Police Chief Matthew Verderosa.
Finally when we heard the shooter was down, I ran out to Steve and started putting pressure.
Behind third base, I see a rifle...
Flake also said the gunman was shot.
The House of Representatives canceled legislative business for the day in the wake of Wednesday's shooting, and security was increased around the White House, NPR reports.
Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a statement after he was informed that the alleged shooter had volunteered during his presidential campaign a year ago.
The President and Vice President have been briefed about the ongoing situation.
"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely", Trump said in a statement.
Trump says, "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy". My thoughts are with @SteveScalise, congressional staff, and Capitol Police. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican member of Congress, tells OPB he was not at the scene of the shooting Wednesday morning and is safe. Neither was at the practice.
Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner at a "Congress On Your Corner" event at a Tucson grocery store.