Virginia Shooting Appears To Have Targeted Republicans

Virginia Shooting Appears To Have Targeted Republicans

Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip, Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN.

Scalise was among several people wounded when a rifle-wielding attacker fired on Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. The attacker was shot and later died.

Former Congressman Trey Radel was in disbelief as he watched his friend, Rep. Steve Scalise, being taken to the hospital. It did not identify the victim.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the shooter who perpetrated the GOP congressional baseball practice attack is dead. The suspect, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from IL, used a M4 assault carbine during the attack, CBS News also confirmed.

Alexandria, Va. Police Chief Michael Brown, right, and others walk to speak to the media about the shooting in Alexandria, Va., today where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot at a congressional baseball practice.

"Authorities are searching his home in IL. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", it said.

"Steve Scalise comes with Capitol Hill police protection and if Steve weren't there, two things - one, he would not have been hit, and, two, we wouldn't have any protection and I shudder to think what that would have looked like", Wenstrup said.

Congressman Kevin Yoder is on the team, but he was not at practice Wednesday. His family released a statement saying paramedics told them Mika was shot multiple times and is in critical condition. He says the Justice Department will provide resources for a thorough investigation. Five people in total were taken to hospital for treatment.

Later, House Republican and Democratic leaders called for unity and praised the police, while Trump in an address from the White House said that the prayers of the nation and world are with Scalise.

The bravery and quick response of U.S. Capitol Police prevented Wednesday's shooting at a Northern Virginia baseball field from becoming a "massacre", congressmen at the center of the terrifying ordeal said.

The San Diego congressional delegation - none of whom were at the shooting scene - took to Twitter shortly after the shooting. "Scalise was shot around second base and he crawled a little bit into the outfield". "They were in the middle of the ball park", he said.

Palazzo is on the Republican baseball team but was not at practice because he was doing a radio interview.

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. He will recover from this assault".

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