Congressman shot at baseball field in Virginia

15 June, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • A Capitol Hill Police officer walks past an automobile with the driver's window damaged at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria Va. Wednesday

The Washington Post and NBC news, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, identified the attacker as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson, from IL, is the owner of a home inspection business. He was charged in 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle.

After the shooting ended, five people were injured, one of them being House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a House representative from Louisiana.

US Capitol Police said the officers wounded while responding to the shooting are expected to survive.

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Trump said "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman. "My father said this morning that it's times likes these that we must all work together for our country". Capitol Police were also at the scene.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

About two hours after the shooting, Scalise's office released a statement that said Scalise was shot in the hip.

"We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish".

FBI Agent Tim Slater would not characterize the attack, saying "We are exploring all angles". "I know this House wants to state unequivocally that we are and ever awed by the tremendous bravery by the Capitol Police".

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President Donald Trump will make a statement from the White House on Wednesday about the shooting of a top House Republican. The Alexandria Police said that they had the suspect in custody and that the shooter is "not a threat". "I spoke with Steve's wife, Jennifer, and I pledged to her our full and absolute support-anything she needs".

Trump called Scalise as "friend", "patriot" and "fighter" who has the prays of the entire nation behind him.

Governor Doug Ducey: "Thoughts and prayers for @SteveScalise + all affected in senseless event this morning". It's unclear which victim is the one MedStar says is in "good condition".

Rep. Davis (R-Ill) said he and other Congress members ran and took for cover when shots were fired.

Mr Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field". Williams, who has coached the Republican baseball team since 2013, was not shot, despite reports in some media outlets.

"(We join) this nation in prayer for the unfortunate shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who was tending to a wounded aide. said the officers were "90 to 120 feet away", which favored a rifleman over the officers armed with handguns.

The practice was for a bipartisan game scheduled for Thursday.

A law enforcement official said the shooting is being investigated as a criminal act rather than an act of terrorism.

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