Gunman supposedly asked if Democrats or Republicans were on the field.
A gunman opened fire on the GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and numerous aides were shot. From Fox News:
The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, Alexandria police said on Twitter at 7:30 a.m. The location was near a YMCA.
Scalise, 51, is the House majority whip. He has represented Louisiana’s First Congressional District since 2008 and chairs the House Republican Study Committee. He is married with two children. Scalise’s district includes New Orleans.
NBC News now reporting that everyone is in stable condition.
Alexandria Police Department Chief Michael Brown updated the media:
APD Chief Michael Brown updated media. 5 transported to local hospitals, including suspect. We will not ID victims or suspect right now. pic.twitter.com/pPYlqEjACM
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) June 14, 2017
WATCH: Video shows House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise taken away on stretcher and into helicopter following shooting at Virginia park. pic.twitter.com/naKRc3eoXK
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 14, 2017
U.S. Capitol Police shot the gunman, took him into custody, and transported him to the hospital. Fox News continued:
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About three minutes the shooting began, DeSantis said.
The shooting began at 7:15 a.m. and lasted about 10 minutes, sources told Fox News.
“Behind third base, I see a rifle…I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream,” Brooks told CNN.
From the Associated Press:
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers. Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as “a hip wound.”
Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was standing on second base when he was shot.
“I was looking right at him,” Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. “He was a sitting duck.”
Brooks said the Scalise “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”
“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said.
Statement from Scalise’s office:
Scalise Office statement pic.twitter.com/HsoijywAXy
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) June 14, 2017
The Washington Post has identified the gunman as James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, IL:
Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business. His home inspection license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, state records show.
Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were dismissed, records show.
(H/T to @galtsgirl for sending me this info)
Hodgkinson supported and volunteered on Sen. Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign. Sanders released this statement:
Sen. Bernie Sanders says the alleged shooter “apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign … I am sickened by this despicable act” pic.twitter.com/Nfye5Ebk8T
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 14, 2017
He also donated some money to the presidential campaign.
Reactions From Colleagues
Sen. Rand Paul heaped praise on the Capitol Police:
Sen. Rand Paul praises Capitol Police: "These guys were real heroes, and without them I think everyone would have been killed." pic.twitter.com/7WLUUvEPxY
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2017
Senator Rand Paul tells CNN "no one would have survived without the Capitol Police detail…it would have been a massacre"
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskNews) June 14, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake stated that other members couldn’t get to Scalise for about 10 minutes because it was unsafe:
Sen. Jeff Flake: Scalise "laid out there for at least 10 minutes, alone in the field. We couldn't get to him while there were shots." pic.twitter.com/P5Wo8elbNc
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 14, 2017
House Democrats at the field praying for their colleague:
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
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