CAPITOL HORROR: Gunman targets Republican congressmen; four wounded; shooter killed

Steve Scalise

A US congressman and a Capitol Police officer were wounded by gunfire Wednesday after a man started shooting at a Republican team charity baseball practice in suburban Washington, D.C. - an attack that was captured in dramatic video footage.

Authorities believe the 66-year-old had lived in his van near the scene of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, since March. Last year, he volunteered for the Democratic campaign of Sen.

Most recently, police spoke with Hodgkinson in March after receiving complaints of a man firing 50 shots in the woods near several homes. "It's bipartisan, it's a charity, for crying out loud, it's in Washington D.C., we'll be able to honor Scalise and those others who have hurt".

"You have people on both sides but everyone gets along", said Hatch.

If the Federal Bureau of Investigation is correct that Hodgkinson had been in Virginia since March, he must have left IL shortly after he was seen with the rifle at his home.

Scalise is now in hospital in a critical condition.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to recover fully. "The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", the hospital said in a statement.

Hodgkinson died at a hospital after he was shot by return fire from Capitol Police officers, who were one hand at the baseball field for the GOP practice ahead of Thursday's Congressional game.

He's also saluting the Capitol police officers injured in the attack on a Republican Congressional baseball practice. Two congressman said they had sustained minor injuries while trying to take cover.




President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday. They also signed oversized cards sending well wishes to those who were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. "Pray for Steve!" Trump tweeted. "He was always happy-go-lucky", said Dale Walsh, who grew up with Hodgkinson in Belleville.

James T. Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field, officials said.

But long before the shooting Wednesday, some of Sanders' supporters had earned a belligerent reputation for their criticism of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and others who they believed disagreed with their ideas.

The gunman's social media posts displayed strong anti-Trump sentiment. Lawmakers called for a new dialogue on lowering the partisan temperature, and Trump urged Americans to come together as he assumed the role of national unifier for one of the first times in his presidency.

A judge later returned the teen to the custody of IL welfare officials and awarded guardianship to the Hodgkinsons' neighbor, the Post-Dispatch reported.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", he said. Let me be as clear as I can be.

Members of Congress have said Thursday's charity baseball game will go on as planned, in a show of unity after the shooting spree. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the annual congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats. "It's time to destroy Trump & co". She noted that she has received numerous threats herself over the years, and is now the target of millions of dollars in negative ads in a House district in Georgia where a hard-fought special election will take place next week.

According to the FBI, Hodgkinson began shooting at around 7:09 AM EST on June 14 and officers arrived at approximately 7:12 AM and the suspect was engaged by law enforcement at 7:14 AM.

The event raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

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