Lawmaker Steve Scalise Injured In GOP Baseball Shooting; Suspect James T. Hodgkinson Dies In Custody

Lawmaker Steve Scalise Injured In GOP Baseball Shooting; Suspect James T. Hodgkinson Dies In Custody

An angry man against President Donald Trump unleashed a Wednesday morning fire bout of Republican members of Congress while conducting baseball training in a park in Alexandria, Virginia, inflicting Major Whif House Steve Scalise and four Another in a frenzied scene that included a long battle with the armed police.

The attacker, James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old southern Illinois labor inspector, died in the shootout. Two police officers assigned to Capitol Scalise security details were injured.

Hodgkinson, who lived in his van in Alexandria for a few months, had published an anti-Trump rhetoric on his Facebook page and wrote letters in his local newspaper that accuse Republicans of what he considered a program that favors the rich.

The massive shooting, coming in the midst of severe political grudges and a divided country, reverberated through Washington and beyond, while Trump and members of Congress began unity talking for the first time since the presidential election.

Specific legislators practiced Congress baseball game, a charity contest against a Democratic team. The game will be played Thursday night at Nationals Park as scheduled.

Several members of Congress at the Eugene Simpson Park stage in Alexandria welcomed the Capitol police who committed Hodgkinson, including two wounded. One lawmaker said that members of the baseball team were easy prey if the attacker could do so in the field.
. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich, a retired army general, said: “If I could win entry to the ground, that would have been a very different story,” he said.

As of Wednesday night, Scalise, La., Is still in critical condition after undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a hospital spokesman said.

A lobbyist, a police aide and the Capitol Congress also died, while a second agent was hit by shrapnel. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, injured his ankle while helping others cover.

In a televised statement from the White House, Trump has called people to meet and congratulate the wounded officers.

Steve Scalise
Returning Virginia: Most House Discipline Steve Scalise was shot in the hip.
“Many lives could have been lost were it not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol agents who fired on the armed man despite the gunshot wounds in a very brutal assault,” he said.

Trump said he talked to Scalise’s wife and offered his full support to the family of Congressman, calling Scalise a friend, a patriot and a fighter. He also thanked the first responders.

“We can have our differences, but do well at times like these to remember that all those who serve in the capital of our country are here because, above all, they love our country,” Trump said.

Lawmakers and spectators described a horrible attack that began shortly after 7 am when the gunman began firing more than 50 rounds of a military-style rifle and a firearm, leading through the fence .

Scalise was shot with a bullet in his hip as he set the bases at second base, witnesses said. Then, using the pressure group and were affected, while the armed man moved methodically around the fence and the top of the plate. While Scalise was dragging the ground, leaving a trail of blood, the armed man entered a canoe, where several people were hiding.

Members of Congress stated that police officers emerged from the Capitol to the canoe, firing shots. A woman who was walking her dog heard an official shout, “Drop the weapon,” before the gunman shot himself and fell to the ground.

“House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Has said that officers” came out in the heat to get the fire. The shooter went to the booth where the members were, and were able to shoot him.