Murphy comments on shooting at Congressional baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice
Congressman reportedly wounded as shots are fired at baseball practice near DC
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15 June, 2017

Scalise was shot in the hip, and two Capitol Hill police agents were also shot, he said.

The hospital caring for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot by a gunman during a Republican congressional charity baseball game practice today, says he is in critical condition.

The shooter died in custody as a result of wounds he suffered during a shootout with police following the incident, President Trump said in a brief statement.

Authorities identified the gunman as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said in an interview with CNN that Scalise was the only Congressional member shot and that it took about 10 minutes to take the shooter down.

"If you get up and run you know you're in sight of the shooter and he can try and take you out", he said. "Our courageous police, our congressional aides, who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people". In a Tweet, Trump said that Scalise was "badly injured but will fully recover".

The incident injured five people injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

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Trump praised Scalise as "a very good friend" and "a patriot", telling him that "you have not just the prayers of the entire city behind you, but the entire nation and frankly the entire world".

"Congressman Williams was not shot; however, a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention", according to a statement from Williams' office.

A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked vehicle and drew a handgun, according to Filous.

"It's pretty well known in the neighborhood who those folks are on the baseball field", Brooks said.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

The two Capitol police officers that were shot are in "good condition" and are being treated at a hospital, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.


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