A gunman this morning opened fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican members of Congress were practicing, wounding U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the Associated Press and major news outlets reported.
The police chief in Alexandria, Virginia, has confirmed that five people were taken to hospitals. Responding officers were also wounded in the shooting, but U.S. Capitol Police said they are expected to survive.
President Donald Trump said the assailant, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, has died.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, who was at the baseball practice, said the gunman had “a rifle of some sort” and “a lot of ammo.”
Flake said Scalise was playing second base at a congressional baseball practice when he was shot by a man standing off the third-base side of the field. He said Scalise dragged himself into the outfield to get farther away from the shooting.
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams of Texas said his aide, Zack Barth, was among those who were shot. He said Barth “is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”
The CNN cited Flake as saying once the shooter was neutralized, he and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup went out to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to his wound and that Scalise was coherent the whole time.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of…
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