Congressman, Others Shot At Baseball Practice

Congressman Shot in VA

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is among those injured in a "multiple shooting" at a baseball field in Alexandria Wednesday morning, according to a CBS News Special Report. 

The shooting happened in the 400 block of E Monroe Street, according to police. The incident happened while Republican members were at a Congressional baseball practice behind the YMCA. 

66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleview, IL has been identified as the shooter. Hodgkinson died from his injuries after exchanging gunfire with police. 

 

 

"I was on deck, about to hit batting practice, when I heard a 'blam,'" Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told CNN. Brooks said people scattered and that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among those who were shot.

 

 

"He was not able to move under his own power. He was dragging his body from second base," Brooks said. "There was not a whole lot we could do. He was shot in the hip. I think it was not a life-threatening wound."

"It's not easy when you see people around you being shot and you don't have a weapon yourself," Brooks said. "You feel helpless."

WFMY News 2 has confirmed that Representative Mark Walker was the team's pitcher and was at the practice. His representatives say he is okay. He sent this statement: "Shaken but OK. Gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible. Grateful to Capitol Hill Police."

North Carolina Congresswoman Alma Adams released a statement on the shooting:

“Today’s shooting is a tragic reminder of the rising animosity and tensions in our country. Each year we come together for a bipartisan baseball game to benefit local charities and spread goodwill. This shooting is a wakeup call to all us: we must continue this bipartisan spirit off of the field and into the halls of Congress to heal our partisan divide." 

WNCN reports that one of the Capitol police officers who traded gunfire with the shooter, David Bailey, went to NC Central University. NCCU said Bailey was a 2007 graduate.

Bailey was with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others when a gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball practice. U.S. Capitol Police said Bailey and other officer Crystal Griner are expected to survive. President Trump praised the 'heroic actions' of the Capital Police. 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who is at the scene, confirmed that several people are shot, some seriously.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident. The President released a statement saying, "The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. 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."

 

 

Police did not immediately return a call for comment from USA TODAY.

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