GOP senator describes shooting in Virginia; 'People were dropping'

Members of Congress will hold their annual charity baseball game on Thursday night, just one day after a man opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for the event.

A security detail from the United States Capitol Police was on the scene and exchanged gunfire with the assailant, later identified by law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Hodgkinson, the IL man who is suspected of shooting a Republican Congressman and four other people in Virginia this morning, had a record of social media postings attacking the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among those shot on Wednesday morning.

During a press conference authorities from Alexandria and Capitol Police said it was very early on in the investigation and they will not say much about the incident.

He later died of his injuries, President Donald Trump told the nation from the White House.

The White House also canceled a "listening session" on tax reform with top economic adviser Gary Cohn and auto industry leaders.

MedStar Washington said in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon that Representative Steve Scalise "was critically injured and remains in critical condition".

The police officers appeared to be in good condition, and none of the victims had life-threatening injuries, officials said.


One congressman was shot in the hip.

Rep. Shimkus reacts to the tragic shooting in Alexandria, VA. where his Washington D.C. roommate Rep. Steve Scalise.

It's understood a total of five people were hurt in the shooting.The shots were reported at 7:30 a.m. local time this morning near a YMCA.

"Whether it is on the baseball field, the House floor or in life, he is always encouraging, motivating and supporting his members and teammates", Marshall said.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

Two Capitol police officers shot Wednesday have been identified as Krystal Griner and David Bailey. We are deeply saddened.

He praised the efforts of U.S. Capitol Police and other first responders.

Alexandria police said a suspect in the shooting was in custody.


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