A friendly GOP baseball game turned into a nightmare for a group of Republican Congressmen in Virginia.
A radicalized Bernie Supporter, James Hodgkinson specifically targeted Republicans at a GOP baseball game. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, was shot in the hip and is now in critical condition.
Note: This post has been updated to correct previously stated events (thanks to an astute reader) and to reflect recent updates in the news.
“Two police officers and two or three congressional staff members were among the wounded, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on CNN”
The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, was quickly taken down by DC police and brought to the hospital for his wounds.
This could be a new type of hate crime and/or domestic terrorism, since the gunman specifically targeted Republicans.
“Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla, told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About 3 minutes later, at around 7:15 a.m., the shooting began, DeSantis said. It reportedly lasted about 10 minutes.”
Fox News reports,
“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a congressional aide were shot by a rifle-wielding gunman who sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, before U.S. Capitol Police took the gunman down.
The shooter was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois, Fox News confirmed.
Scalise was “badly injured,” according to a tweet from President Trump, but is expected to recover. A news release from Scalise’s office said he was “stable” and undergoing surgery after being shot in the hip. Five people were “transported medically” from the scene, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said. It appeared that included Scalise, Zack Barth, a congressional aide to Roger Williams, Hodgkinson and two law enforcement officers — one of whom was hit by fragments. Tyson Foods director of government relations Matt Mika was also injured, the company said.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Fox News: “We were like sitting ducks.”
Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre,” Paul said, describing the scene as “sort of a killing field.”
The gunman was shot by Capitol Police and Alexandria Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital, officials said. The incident occurred at Simpson Field in Alexandria, about 10 miles from Washington D.C. The FBI was taking over the investigation because a federal official — Scalise — was assaulted in the attack.
FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office Timothy Slater said it was too early to tell if the attack was terror-related.
“The vice president and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely,” President Trump said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders and all others affected.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 14, 2017
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
Democrats must cease and desist. They must disavow this and all the other violence and anarchy that they are promoting.
Our prayers for a quick recovery for Steve Scalese and the others who were shot (will update with names) and for all were were subjected to this hate crime.
Also prayers for an end to the orchestrated violence and chaos in this country.
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