GOP baseball shooter is dead

GOP baseball shooter is dead

Trump addressed the nation less than five hours after the shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, former congressional staffer Matt Mika, and two Capitol Police officers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., just outside of Washington.

Brooks said Scalise, the House Majority Whip from Louisiana, was hit in the hip, and about four other people were shot.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident.

A government official says the suspect in the shooting is 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Ill.

"He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on", he said.

Several other people were wounded, including a congressional staff member and law enforcement personnel. He added that Scalise is "badly injured" but will "fully recover". "My thoughts and prayers are with my colleagues, their aides, and the fearless Capitol Police who were injured".

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds tweeted that he is "Praying for Steve Scalise, Capitol Police, aides & any others who may have been hurt this morning".

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Both officers engaged the shooter with their sidearms, commanding him to drop his weapon as they returned fire.

According to a report from NBC's Andrea Mitchell, House members cheered after learning the charity baseball game would be played as scheduled.

Trump went on to say that everyone on that baseball field are public servants who love their country. Kevin McCarthy, Leader of House Majority told the Washington Post that Scalise was out of surgery.

In a statement, Rep. Dave Loebsack, the only Democrat in Iowa's delegation, said, "I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of this morning's shootings".

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capital Police officers", President Trump said of Virginia shooting.

Late Wednesday morning, Trump said Hodgkinson had died of his injuries.

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