Congressman among victims in baseball shooting

A Louisiana congressman was among four people wounded by a gunman while at a congressional charity baseball practice on Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia.

Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, was shot in the hip while standing on second base. On Wednesday night, the hospital where Scalise is being treated described his condition as critical and said he will need to undergo additional operations.

Authorities identified the gunman as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

President Donald Trump announced Hodgkinson died from injuries he sustained during the gunfire exchange with law enforcement.

Hogkinson posted several anti-Republican messages to his Facebook page and appears to have been a big supporter of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders appeared on the Senate floor and said he was informed Hodgkinson had been a volunteer on his presidential campaign. Sanders strongly condemned the shooting and offered best wishes to the shooting victims.

Two U.S. Capitol police officers, who serve in Scalise’s protective detail, were also hurt. Officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle and Officer David Bailey suffered another minor injury during the incident.

Congressional aide, Zachary Barth, was shot in the leg, according to his boss, Congressman Roger Williams, of Texas.

Matt Mika, a former congressional aide and current lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was shot twice in the chest. Tyson Foods said Mika, a former college baseball player, was helping coach the practice. The company said he was in critical condition late Wednesday night.

The Washington Post has a detailed look into the shooting and responses from politicians.


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