Gunman Identified In Congressional Shooting

Sen. Rand Paul, who was among the lawmakers at the scene, said on MSNBC that the only reason Capitol Police were there was because Scalise is a House leader.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Congressman Darin LaHood, R-Ill., also issued statements praising the first responders.

A government official identified the shooter as an IL man named James.

A 66-year-old man has been identified as the suspected gunman after an early-morning shootin... In remarks delivered Wednesday, President Donald Trump confirmed Hodgkinson had died.

Trump described Scalise as "a friend, and a very good friend, a patriot, and he's a fighter".

"I am sickened by this despicable act".


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among those shot. Around 50 shots were fired by the gunman. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was injured in the shooting, according to the Washington Post and NBC. Witnesses said he was shot in the chest and his family said he was in a critical condition.

Several other people were wounded, including a congressional staff member and law enforcement personnel. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Brooks says Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq, used scissors to cut Scalise's trousers to get to his wound.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said.

In a dramatic blow-by-blow account, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN the gunman was armed with a rifle and appeared to be a white male, "a little bit on the chubby side".

"The congressional baseball game is going on tomorrow, as well it should", McSally said as her news received a standing ovation on the House floor.

Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, is among the reported five people who were shot. Elected in 2008, he represents a district in Louisiana that includes New Orleans suburbs and the southwest part of the state.


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