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Scalise and Others Shot during GOP Congressional Baseball Practice

Update, 3:30 p.m.: The Washington Post gives us more details on the shooter’s whereabouts in the weeks before this morning’s attack: 

Hodgkinson, who died after a shootout with police, worked as a home inspector and lived with his wife in Belleville, a suburb of St. Louis. But he appeared to have stayed in the Alexandria area for at least the last six weeks, according to former Alexandria mayor Bill Euille and one other man. As Hodgkinson’s photo circulated in the news Wednesday, both men said they realized they had encountered Hodgkinson regularly at the local YMCA across the street from the baseball field.

 

Update, 2:52 p.m.: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is reported to be in critical condition following undergoing surgical procedures to treat his gunshot wounds.

 

Original Story:

While practicing this morning for the Congressional Baseball game, a tradition since 1909, many Republican members of Congress and staffers were attacked by a gunman armed with a rifle and a handgun.

A gunman, hiding behind the base dugout at the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., fired about 50 shots before being stopped. House majority whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip; he is now in stable condition.

Congressional aides and two Capitol Hill police officers were also shot. Five people were taken to the hospital. Law-enforcement officers are calling it a “deliberate attack.”

“The gun was a semiautomatic,” Representative Mo Brooks said. “It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter[ing].”

Senator Mike Lee confirmed to Fox News that the gunman was shot by U.S. Capitol Police and taken to the hospital.

President Trump responded to the attack, saying that he and Vice President Pence are “deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

“Our thoughts and prayers,” Trump added, “are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”

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