Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dodging Bullets on Capital Hill,Literally.Congressional Baseball Practice Turns into Horrid Target Practice.

Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice
Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice

Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice
Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice

steve scalise
Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice

A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday in a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

 Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.
Capitol Police said officers who have been a part of Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. The assailant died from his injuries, President Donald Trump said.

Multiple police sources identified the suspect as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Scalise, 51, the no. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery in a nearby hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m. The team was taking batting practice when a gunshot rang out and chaos erupted, lawmakers in this area said.

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