Rep. Scalise, Congressional Aide Shot at GOP Baseball Game
Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, a congressional aide and congressional police officers were shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, VA by a gunman who opened fired during a Republican baseball game.
Eyewitness reports indicate the gunman walked into the arena and opened fire hitting Rep. Scalise, the House’s third ranking member in the hip.
Rep. Mo Brooks told the media he was on deck when the shooting started and confirmed that a congressional staffer was also injured.
Sources said they are all expected to survive.
News reports later indicated the shooter may have died from injuries sustained when police officers on the scene engaged him during the shootout.
There is no indication that the gunman targeted the baseball practice because the congressmen were Republicans but sources say there is no way to prove that was not the case either.
Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson was 66 years old.
Scalise underwent surgery moments after the shooting and reports indicate that he will pull through.
A statement from his office said he was in stable condition prior to the surgery and he is expected to recover from his injuries.
“Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” the statement said. “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues.”
Texas Rep. Roger Williams said in a statement that one of his staff members, Zack Barth was shot and is being treated by medical personnel. He tweeted that Barth was “receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”
Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said during an impromptu press briefing that the Capitol Police Officers who were shot did not suffer life threatening injuries and are expected to full recover.
He said they were “in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point.”
President Donald Trump addressed the nation about the shooting incident calling Rep. Scalise his friend.
The president announced that the shooter has died.
“He’s a patriot, and he’s a fighter,” Trump said of injured Rep. Scalise.
“Everyone on that field is a public servant. We will do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country,” Trump added.
Earlier the president had indicated that he was aware of the shooting and was, along with Vice President Mike Pence, monitoring the situation.
“The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely,” he said.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,” Trump added.
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