ALEXANDRIA, Va. – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, two Capitol police officers, a lobbyist and a legislative aide were wounded in a shooting at around 7 a.m. Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say.
Sen. Jeff Flake says the gunman in the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise had “a rifle of some sort” and “a lot of ammo.” Flake says Scalise was playing second base when he was shot by a man standing off the third-base side of the field. He says Scalise dragged himself into the outfield to get farther away from the shooting.
Capitol Police were on the scene and returned fire.
Police in Alexandria, Virginia, say five people were taken to area hospitals, including the gunman.
Scalise was undergoing surgery, and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The suspect taken into custody was identified as 66-year-old James t. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, according to the Washington Post. Donald Trump said in a press conference the shooter has died of his injuries.
NBC News reporter Tom Winter says Hodgkinson has a criminal history.
A law enforcement official says the shooting is being investigated as a criminal act rather than an act of terrorism. The official, who was not authorized to speak by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, also says the FBI is taking over the investigation, which is standard protocol in attacks involving federal officials such as a congressman.
President Donald Trump says he and the vice president are “deeply saddened” by news of a shooting “tragedy” at a congressional baseball game.
The president said in a statement Wednesday that “the Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely.”
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