Congressman, 4 others shot at baseball field
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 1:26
Police and other first responders block East Monroe Ave.in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a shooting involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La, at a congressional baseball practice.
Kyrsten Sinema: "So grateful for Capitol Police, who saved lives this morning at congressional baseball practice". Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter.
The Congressional shooter who was identified as IL resident James Hodgkinson, 66, "has now died", according to President Donald Trump, who made the announcement at 11:30 am EDT. Hodgkinson allegedly shot Scalise and four others, including two Capitol Police officers, before being shot himself and taken into custody.
According to reports, Scalise was struck in the hip but didn't lose consciousness before being taken to the hospital.
The president, who cast Scalise as a "fighter", said he will recover and has the prayers of the nation and world behind him.
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"Lawmakers who spoke about the shooting incident, described "a normal morning practice, at a field where they've practiced for years, when all of a sudden shots rang out".
Paul said that a number of aides were lying down during the attack as the shooter fired bullets their way.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy", said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg.
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) told Wisconsin's WTMJ that he believed the shooting "could have been much worse" if Scalise had not been there, due to the security detail that protects him.
The practice was for a bipartisan baseball game scheduled for Thursday.