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Shooting in Virginia: What we know

Shooting in Virginia: What we know

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, and four others were transported to the hospital.

Steve Scalise is the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House, and has the hard job of trying to keep order in the fractious party ranks and rounding up votes for bills. A source told ABC News that Scalise's injury was not life-threatening. After "at least 50-60 shots" had been fired from the shooter, he said he heard the Capitol Police respond. "Jeff and I believe that the individual who committed the attack was the same individual who approached us", DeSantis said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter message that Scalise, "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".

A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, was at the baseball field where Scalise was shot during a congressional softball practice Wednesday morning, Johnson's Chief of Staff, Mike Smullen, told 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator's broadcast partner, this morning.

As NPR's Jessica Taylor reports from the neighborhood: "This is people going about their normal mornings, probably not even knowing that there were members of Congress that were practicing a few blocks down the road here".

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot, but "is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery". Photo Credit: Alex Brandon/AP "You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it did", he said.

Pearce added that the shooter was hit by "returning fire from the police" and is in custody. Chilling recount from @RepChuck racing from field to the dugout: 'All I could think as I was running was, this guy was going to shoot me.' - Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) June 14, 2017 "I went down on the ground", Fleischmann told reporters, as he recounted hearing gun shots from behind. https://cmgwsbradiojamiedupree.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/fleischmann-shooting.mp3 "And then I realized it wasn't stopping, and so I ran and jumped in the dugout", he added, still wearing his baseball uniform nearly six hours after the incident.




Alexandria police chief Michael Brown said in a brief statement that it was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to collect evidence from what he said was an "active" scene. After medical personnel arrived, he said he retrieved Scalise's phone and made the first call to Scalise's wife to notify her of the shooting.

The annual sporting event, which takes place on Thursday, pits members of the Senate and House, a tradition that began in 1909, according to the event's website.

"I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign".

Flake says Scalise was playing second base when he was shot in the hip by a man standing off the third-base side of the field. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.

"Well it was one person and it's a Republican baseball practice with United States congressmen".

Two Capitol Police officers showed "incredible bravery", Brooks said, describing how they used their pistols to engage in a gunbattle with a man armed with a rifle, from a distance of 90 to 120 feet.

Democrats were scheduled to practice later on Wednesday but that was canceled after the shooting.

The incident happened at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.


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