Gunman dead after shooting top Republican politician at baseball practice

Violet Tucker
June 15, 2017

The Washington Post and NBC news, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, identified the attacker as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. When they arrived, Alexandria police, along with members of the Congressional security detail, engaged the shooting suspect and provided aide to those injured.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who was at the practice, told CNN "it would have been a massacre" had Capitol Police not been present.

"Obviously, we don't know the motives of the shooter", Fleischmann said.

Yoder took to Twitter to commend the U.S. Capitol Police, who returned fire on the gunman and wounded him.

Mr Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said.

The staunch conservative is among the lawmakers leading the drive to repeal former president Barack Obama's signature health care law, among other top Republican priorities. He continued, "Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries".

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy", Mr. Trump said.

Despite previous reports that Majority Whip Steve Scalise was in stable condition following surgery, the hospital said his condition was critical Wednesday afternoon. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected", Mr Spicer tweeted.

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"I heard from the staff of the intel committee that [Rep.] Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, one or two Capitol Police officers were shot". Neither was at the practice. Steve Scalise was among four people who were shot, one other victim was a staffer and two others were security detail officers.

Brooks identified the shooter as a "white male, armed with a rifle".

Flake said Scalise was playing second base at the practice when he was shot by a man standing off the third-base side of the field.

Mr Lee said the shooter had used a long gun and was dead.

4 people shot near sports field in Alexandria on Monroe Ave.

"All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot". The congressman was not at practice today.

Rep. Roger Marshall of Great Bend, Kan., is also on the roster. We are still working to independently confirm that. "I just remember seeing gravel bounce off, as shots were coming near us". Gabrielle Giffords (D) was severely wounded by a gunman during an event in her Arizona district.

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