A gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, members of his security detail, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist in a scene that one lawmaker said could have been a “massacre.”
There were no immediate fatalities as a result of the shooting, although President Donald Trump announced during a televised address Wednesday morning that the shooter had died as a result of injuries sustained in an exchange of gunfire with U.S. Capitol Police.
A law enforcement source briefed on the investigation identified the gunman as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois.
In his remarks, the president called Scalise “a very good friend,” “a patriot” and “a fighter,” and said the prayers of his family, the nation and the world were with him.
“We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country. We can all agree we are blessed to be Americans,” Trump said in his statement, delivered from the White House’s Diplomatic Room.
Scalise’s office said Wednesday morning that he was undergoing surgery after being shot in the hip and transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The hospital later tweeted that Scalise remains in critical condition. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that Scalise’s surgery had been completed.
“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues,” his office said. “We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers.”
A man unleashed a barrage of gunfire Wednesday at a park in Alexandria, Va., as Republican members of Congress held a morning baseball practice, wounding five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.).
President Trump said the gunman — identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois — died after a shootout with police officers, two of whom were wounded in the gun battle.
–The Washington Post