Republican lawmakers who had taken the day off to practice for an annual congressional baseball game were fired upon by a lone gunman Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia. The attacker has been identified by law enforcement sources identified to the Washington Post and ABC as James T. Hodgkinson.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) were hit. Scalise was shot in the hip and taken to nearby Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He is in stable condition.
He was described as being “in good spirits” by his office.
Five people, including the suspect, were transported to a hospital, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said during a news conference Wednesday.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said officers who were injured in the shooting are in stable condition. Witnesses reported that two officers were injured.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was also there to play baseball, told MSNBC that Scalise crawled through the dirt, bleeding, to get away from the shooter. Paul told CNN that had it not been for Capitol Police, “nobody would have survived.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told reporters that he used his belt as a tourniquet to stop a staffer’s bleeding at the baseball field.
Capitol Police officers returned fire on the suspect and Alexandria Police responded soon after, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa
President Trump said he was “deeply saddened by the news”.