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Congressman Steve Scalise shot; shooting suspect dead: Here's all you need to know



Multiple shots reportedly fired by gunman at GOP congressional baseball practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among several people shot. USA TODAY


An Illinois man opened fire on a Republican congressional team practice Wednesday, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among the wounded, authorities said.
Here's what we know: 
A Republican congressional baseball team was practicing on a suburban Virginia field Wednesday when James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire, AP reported. 
Capitol Police officers were at the practice when the shooting began and quickly returned fire, spokesman Matthew Verderosa said. Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived three minutes after the first emergency call came in at 7:09 a.m. ET, and two of them joined the gunfight.
Who was shot?
Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said five people received medical transport from the scene. 
  • House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot in the hip. 
  • CNN reported that two Capitol Hill police agents were also shot.
  • Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas‏,  said a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention. 






Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts and prayers
Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is in stable condition and undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said in a statement. 
"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone," the statement said. "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues."

Who was the shooter?

The suspected was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., AP reported.  Police in Alexandria, Va., said he is in custody.  
Federal authorities are running two emergency traces on one handgun and one rifle believed to be associated with the suspect.
It took at least ten minutes until the shooter was taken down:
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., estimated there were 50 to 60 people at the practice, including House members, senators and their staffs. “Many have been shot, but a lot like me got bloody running for cover,” he said.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN it was at least ten minutes until shooter was down.
“I was the first out to Steve, and then Brad (Wenstrup) another member from Ohio” who is a doctor also came to help Scalise. “We applied pressure on the wound. He was coherent the whole time… He laid out there for at least ten minutes alone in the field, and we couldn’t get to him” because of the shots

What was the baseball practice for?

Republican lawmakers were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game, which is scheduled to take place Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
 The charity game, which allows the Democrats and Republicans to play against each other, has been a yearly tradition in Washington since 1909.

Where did the shooting happen?

The neighborhood where the shooting took place is a residential area of Alexandria densely populated by bungalows and families.

It is a stone’s throw from a trendy strip of restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops in the Del Ray section of the city. The field is also nearby Route 1, a major artery that leads into Washington D.C.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot among several people shot during practice for a charity baseball game. USA TODAY


White House response: 


Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
Melania Trump also tweeted thanking the first responders. 

Thank you to the first responders who rushed in to help protect those who were hurt in Alexandria, VA. My thoughts & prayers to everyone!

Has anything like this happened before? 

Most recently, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot at a 2011 constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz. 

Giffords, who survived a gunshot would to the head, tweeted, "My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff and the US Capitol Police public servants and heroes today and every day." 

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