ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CBSDFW.COM) – Multiple people were injured in a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
This was a GOP team practice for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.
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Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), a physician, tells CBS Reporter Steven Portnoy, he treated Scalise at the scene… that Scalise was “conscious and okay.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), said several other people also were hit, including two Capitol Hill police officers.
Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said five people transported to local hospitals, including the suspect — identified as 66-year-old as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Reports say he was armed with two weapons; one handgun and one ‘assault style’ rifle.
As far as social media, a Facebook page attributed to Hodgkinson (although not yet authenticated) shows he had a strong interest in politics, supported Senator Bernie Sanders in his presidential run and was critical of President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
Sanders said later Wednesday he was informed that Hodgkinson volunteered on his presidential campaign. “I am sickened by this despicable act,” the Senator added.
At at Wednesday morning news conference, President Donald Trump announced Hodgkinson died from his injuries.
The Capitol Police officers have been identified as Crystal Greiner who was shot in action and is in the hospital.
David Bailey is the other officer and he was treated and released.
A member of Rep. Roger Williams’ (R-TX) staff was shot and is also receiving medical attention. Sources identify the staffer as Zachary Barth, a legislative correspondent for Rep. Williams.
Rep. Williams, who is one of the coaches, said the Republican baseball team holds its practice every morning at 6:30 a.m. at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria.
Earlier in the morning, a White House statement from President Trump said:
“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.”
A Democrat team was also practicing early Wednesday morning, but there was no threat. Security quickly locked-down their practice following word of the shooting.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
All of us who work on Capitol Hill, all of our visitors who come here, and constituents from around the country are in their debt because they literally do keep us safe and secure here on Capitol Hill. It’s safe to say that without the Capitol Police being present… that the results of this might have been much more serious, much more tragic than they already were… While there is a lot we don’t know about this morning’s incident, it’s clear that this is a new environment we’re living in, and we need to do everything we can to keep our constituents safe when they visit us here on Capitol Hill, as well as all the staff and everybody involved.
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