Congressman Steve Scalise One Of 4 Shot in Alexandria, VA

Congressman Steve Scalise One Of 4 Shot in Alexandria, VA

Congressman Steve Scalise One Of 4 Shot in Alexandria, VA

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two staffers and two Capitol Police officers were wounded in the shooting before members of Scalise's security detail shot the gunman, who was armed with a rifle.

ALEXANDRIA, VA (AP) - Five people are taken to the hospital after a gunman opens fire at an Alexandria baseball field, during a practice for Republican lawmakers.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident.

A 66-year old IL man - James T Hodgkinson - has been identified as the suspect who shot Congressman Steve Scalise and at least three other at a baseball park in Virginia, Washington Post reported. Brooks says Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq, used scissors to cut Scalise's trousers to get to his wound.

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"Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts (and) in your prayers during this extremely hard time", Williams stated via his Tweeter account. In a news conference regarding the shooting, President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died after getting into a shootout with first responders.

He is also a close friend of Rep. Steve Scalise, the House of Representative's majority whip who was shot during baseball practice.

He adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano: "We're all praying together now in the Capitol for our colleagues, staff, Capitol Police, the families and all affected by this senseless shooting in Alexandria".

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Brooks said that he and other Republican lawmakers were practicing for a charity baseball game at the field in Alexandria which is located around 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the capital, Washington DC.

A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked vehicle and drew a handgun, according to Filous.

Police also said that the suspect is in custody and there is no threat. He was hit in the hip and is undergoing surgery.

Trump called the Capitol Police courageous and said "their sacrifice makes democracy possible". House Speaker Paul Ryan also identified two members of the Capitol Police who were injured, Krystal Griner and David Bailey. "I'm so grateful for Capitol Police's quick response", said Murphy.

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