Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Suspect in congressional baseball shooting has died

Trump GOP baseball shooter is dead POOL via CNN
Darrell Mcdonald | 15 June, 2017, 02:22

The gunman, identified by a senior USA official as James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died of his injuries.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

He was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle but the charges were later dismissed, records show. He adds that he also saw, "a little bit of a body". "Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault".

Belleville police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are at Hodgkinson's home in rural Belleville Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, said one of his staff members was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention.

"Please join me in praying for quick healing for Steve, the police officers, and the Congressional aide who were injured".

"We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish".

"We're encouraging even more people to come", he said. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington, and will go forward as planned.

Scalise is stable and is expected to make a full recovery.

The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, Alexandria police said on Twitter at 7.30 am.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Hodgkinson "apparently" volunteered on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

The gunman responsible for the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting has died, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

Mullin, a deputy whip for Scalise, said his thoughts and prayers were with his friend and colleague, as well as the others wounded.

At the same time, I heard Steve Scalise over near second base scream, he was shot, he's our majority whip.

"A guy. walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there", he said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voiced concern for the members involved and thanked the Capitol Police for their response. But Ryan said members of Congress are hoping the game is still on. Rand Paul said he could see dirt fly as bullets skipped off of the warning track of the baseball field.

A prominent politician was among several people hit: senior congressional Republican Steve Scalise, who fell to the ground near second base and crawled toward the outfield in search of safety.

Well, I was in the batting cage at the time and the first shot was sort of an isolated shot.

Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting. "This is a tragedy which I hope does not happen again", Duncan said in the statement.

Brooks identified the shooter as a "white male, armed with a rifle". "It's just unbelievable to think about", he said.

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