Game on: Tragedy won't stop congressional baseball game
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:18
When a gunman opened fire on the Republican Congress as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, the Democratic team was nearby holding a practice of their own.
The attacker was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who is thought to have been in Alexandria since March, with no work, living in his white cargo van and frequenting the YMCA next to the field. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.
At least five people were wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
The Facebook feed is filled with anti-Trump sentiments such as "Trump is guilty and should go to prison for treason".
"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, told The New York Times.
Police said the shooting suspect was in custody and "not a threat".
"This country is in need of a major change in more ways than one, but let's start with the federal income tax rates", said a 2008 letter. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", he said.
The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris also shared their thoughts via Twitter.
"This could be the first political rhetorical terrorist attack and that has to stop", Rep. Rodney Davis told CNN's Brianna Keilar.
"We couldn't get to him while there were shots", Flake said. He will recover from this assault - and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world.
Bailey worked as a Capitol police officer for nine years, according to his LinkedIn page, and previously worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
North Texas Congressman Roger Williams says the accused shooter came within 20 yards of him at baseball practice early Wednesday on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
"I told him they were Republicans, he said 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around", Duncan told reporters. "My colleagues were targeted today by someone that wanted to kill them".
The Capitol Police officers who were injured are "in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point", Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference.
He is also a firm supporter of the constitutional protection of the rights of Americans to bear arms and last month introduced legislation that relaxes restrictions on interstate gun sales. He dragged himself away from the infield leaving a trail of blood before fellow lawmakers could rush to his assistance.
Brooks described chaotic scenes after Scalise was shot. He told CNN that he tried to help Scalise, saying, "We used my belt to help put a tourniquet around his leg". Democrats joined in prayer for the wounded.
'This person evidently had some issues - I don't think it was a Democratic, Republican issue, I think he just had an issue, ' he said.