BREAKING: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Shot at Congressional Ballgame Practice
Early this morning, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional ballgame practice. He is now stabilized at the hospital. Five individuals, including the shooter, have been transported to the hospital, according to Alexandria Police. The other individuals injured are two law enforcement officers and a congressional aide. The shooter allegedly hid in the dugout, where he was able to make around 50 shots over 10 minutes, according to Fox News.
According to Senator Rand Paul, “it would have been a massacre” had the Capitol police not been present to stop the shooter. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. said that while leaving, he was asked who was practicing, Republicans or Democrats. Approximately 3 minutes later, the shootings began. The president was made aware of the situation, and stated on Twitter that Rep. Scalise will fully recover.
Also confirmed present at the field were Reps. Brooks, Brad Wenstrup and Chuck Fleischmann, and Senator Jeff Flake. Brooks said he used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Rep. Scalise’s bleeding. According to Rep. Kihuen, House Democrats can be seen praying for their injured colleagues.
We will update this page as more news comes in.
he assailant has been identified as Belleville, Illinois resident James T. Hodgkinson. President Trumpconfirmed his death in a news conference, and Senator Sanders openly stated his condemnation of the attack amidst the revelation that Hodgkinson volunteered for his campaign. Additionally, Capitol police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey have also been identified by Speaker Ryan as the law enforcement officers injured in the attack. Matt Mika, a lobbyist, and Zack Barth, a congressional staffer, are the others injured, bringing the count to five injured and the shooter deceased. According to Senator Flake, Mika is the most critically injured. Kevin McCarthy made an emotional statement to announce that Scalise was out of surgery.
The FBI are investigating Hodgkinson’s motive, and Tim Slater, a special agent in the Washington field office, has stated that it is too early to determine if the attack was targeted. However, after looking at photos, Rep. Jeff Duncan believes that the individual he and his colleague interacted with is Hodgkinson.
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