Virginia Attack Suspect Dead, President Trump Confirms

Virginia Attack Suspect Dead, President Trump Confirms

Virginia Attack Suspect Dead, President Trump Confirms

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot at a Congressional baseball practice.

Capitol Police said officers who were part of Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. Before surgery, he spoke to his wife on the phone and was in good spirits, the statement said.

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".

President Donald Trump recently said that the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries. "Praying for Steve Scalise, congressional staffers & Capitol Police who were shot in Virginia". Police say gunfire was reported at 7:09 a.m., and they arrived within three minutes.

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A 66-year-old IL man has been identified as the suspect in the shooting of a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, injuring at least one member of the House of Representatives.

MSNBC, citing officials at George Washington University Hospital, where some of the other victims were taken, said two were in critical condition.

The president, who cast Scalise as a "fighter", said he will recover and has the prayers of the nation and world behind him. He said he heard at least 30 shots and got down on the ground, but couldn't see the shooter. Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater told reporters it was "too early to say right now" whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.

Five people, including the suspect, were transported to a hospital, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said during a news conference Wednesday.

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Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders says the man authorities identified as opening fire on the Republican congressional baseball practice had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign.

Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene.

Scalise's position as a whip in the Republican-controlled House makes him one of the most senior figures in Congress. The Louisiana Representative, other members of Congress, and staff were present.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said in a statement the gunman wanted to "kill as many Republican members as possible".

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