Multiple People Shot, Including House Majority Whip, At Congressional Baseball Practice; Shooter Dead

Tyler Durden's picture

Live feed of ongoing developments courtesy of ABC:

 

Update 8:

President
Trump has just confirmed that Hodgkinson has died from wounds incurred
during his shootout with the Capitol Police this morning.

 

Update 7:

The shooter has been identified at 66 year old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

 

Update 6:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and law enforcement officials held a press briefing which began around 10:30AM EST.  Among other things, officers confirmed that the 2 U.S. Capitol Police Officers who were shot this morning were in "good condition."

Virginia police said the FBI will be taking over the investigation.

 

Not surprisingly, VA governor McAuliffe used this tragedy to push gun control.

 

Update 5:

The House has gone into recess and confirmed that no votes are scheduled for today in light of this morning's shooting.  The House Sgt. as Arms will brief members of Congress later this morning.

 

Update 4:

Majority Whip Steve Scalise's office has just confirmed the congressman was shot in the hip and was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he is currently undergoing surgery.

 

Update 3:

Shortly after the shooting this morning at a congressional baseball practice, Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said that it appeared the "gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible." Walker, who was at the practice for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, confirmed he was "shaken but okay."

 

Update 2:

Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop tells WWJ Newsradio 950 he was attending the practice around 5:30 a.m., just outside of Alexandria, when shots rang out. He said he and his colleagues were “sitting ducks.”

“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line,” Bishop said. “He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.”

More than 50 shots were fired, according to CBS News, with some accounts putting the number closer to 100. Four people were injured, including two Capitol Hill police officers and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The suspect was also shot.

The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”

Bishop was uninjured. General Jack Bergman, who represents northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and John Moolenaar, from Midland, were also at the practice; both uninjured. Democratic members of Congress were practicing at a different field, miles away.

“Two of our staff was hit, Steve Scalise was hit on second base, I watched him get hit and I couldn’t do anything to help him. We tried to get him off as fast as we could but this guy was relentless with his fire,” he said. “One of our staffers got hit in the chest and I pray for him, I just don’t know what the outcome is going to be. This is a tragic situation and frankly, it’s changed everything as I know it forever.”

A suspect, who received at least one gunshot, is believed to be in custody. Bishop said the man didn’t speak a word.

He stood there silently. None of us saw him walk up,” he said. “One of our coaches had his son, his 11-year-old son — I have an 11-year-old son, too, who’s supposed to be here — and I am just, I can’t even tell you, I don’t know. Fortunately everybody’s OK. It’s just traumatic.”

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Eyewitness Joseph Miscavige captured the aftermath of the shooting, showing bullet holes in nearby windows: "Active shooter situation during this mornings trip to the Y. Terrifying. Am ok. Sheltered in place & under lockdown."

 

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Update: Virginia Police have confirmed the suspect is in custody and is no longer a threat. According to RealClearPolitics reports Rebecca Berg, Rep. Jeff Duncan plans to give a statement to police regarding a conversation he had with the shooter before leaving practice early. The man is said to have been wearing running clothes, and asked Duncan: "Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?" Per source familiar.

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Trump has issued a statement on the shooting saying, "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

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As we detailed earlier, at least five people have been shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise - the third ranking Republican - and aides, during a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, Alexandria police said on Twitter at 7:30 a.m. The location was near a YMCA.

An injured Steve Scalise is shown being carried away on a stretcher.

 

More breaking headlines:

  • BROOKS: APPEARS SOME SECURITY DETAIL MEMBERS WERE INJURED
  • BROOKS SAYS SECURITY DETAIL SHOT BACK AT ASSAILANT
  • BROOKS: HELICOPTER LANDED ON FIELD TO TRANSPORT INJURED
  • BROOKS: AT LEAST 5 INJURED, INCL. SCALISE, STAFFER, 2 GUARDS
  • SEN. PAUL WITNESSED SHOOTING, HEARD `RAPID SUCCESSION OF SHOTS'
  • SEN. PAUL: `I PROBABLY HEARD 50, 60 SHOTS'
  • PAUL: EVERYONE LIKELY WOULD HAVE DIED IF NOT FOR CAPITOL POLICE
  • PAUL: LOOKED LIKE SCALISE SHOT IN LEG OR HIP
  • PAUL: CAPITOL HILL POLICE PREVENTED A 'MASSACRE' ON FIELD
  • SEN. PAUL SAYS DECISION WAS 'STAY OR RUN' DURING SHOOTING
  • SEN. RAND PAUL WAS IN BATTING CAGE DURING SHOOTING
  • INJURED GUNMAN IN CONGRESS MEMBER SHOOTING APPREHENDED: FOX

A reporter from the Huffington Post tweeted that a congressman said he "heard there was a shooting at the Congressional baseball game practice field." ABC 7 News reported "multiple shooting" in the 400 block of E. Monroe Street.

"Both @POTUS & @VP are aware of the developing situation in Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.

Scalise, 51, is the House majority whip. He has represented Louisiana’s First Congressional District since 2008 and chairs the House Republican Study Committee. He is married with two children. Scalise's district includes New Orleans.

According a report from Rep. Mo Brooke, who said he was not shot, more than 50 rifle shots were fired.

"We used my belt to help put a tourniquet around his leg," says witness @RepMoBrooks of Alexandria shooting victim.

Brooks adds that a helicopter landed in center field and took one of the wounded to a hospital, Rep. Brooks said

Here is the full list of those present at the practice:

Police tweeted they "believed" the gunman was in custody. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. He said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise's bleeding.

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Looney's picture

 

Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

Was Scalise shot for his terrible playing?  ;-)

Looney

Cangaroo.TNT's picture

I wonder if Republican baseball practice at all resembles SNL's Run, Catch, and Throw Like a Girl Olympics.

mofreedom's picture

no, that would resemble limp-wristed liberals playing baseball.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Why couldn't it have been McCain or Watters? 

Handful of Dust's picture

No surprise here given the violence encouraged by Hussein, Hillary, Perez, Brazille, and the other hard left commies.

Joe Davola's picture

APB out for white box trucks!

tmosley's picture

Trump Derangement Syndrome is 100% fatal. Liberals will all get themselves killed because they don't know how to lose.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Nothing to see here.  Just your regular Trump haters playing out their emotions.

How about beheading congress members in effigy... because, it's funny!  HA!!!!...

BTW - "News" reports state that it was a "high powered" hunting rifle that was used.  The gun haters haven't been shrieking for a ban on them.  They'll start now.

Schlump's picture

I'm okay, that's the main thing. That's all that matters. I'm going to build a wall around this place. Believe me. Travel ban coming up: nobody within 100ft of me without a special pass.

tmosley's picture

I can't wait until the TDS takes you. I only hope that you are so incompetent that you don't kill anyone else before it does.

eclectic syncretist's picture

The MSM is radicalizing American citizens to become insane leftists. They are inciting terror!!!!

froze25's picture

The leftwing is insane, This is Bull Shit! Is it safe to say that Hunting Season has officially opened? It apparently is for the Leftwing radicals. Is this what we need to expect for the Summer? Hope your Proud Main Stream Media, this is what you have been pushing. You are Responsible for it, Especially the members of your Boards of Directors of your and your parent corps Boards. The faces on TV are just doing what they are told, we need to focus on the ones giving the orders to them.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Pretty bad shooting. Either a cop or a lib snowflake.

Déjà view's picture

Was a FULL COUNT...didn't come out of BULLPEN...

Drimble Wedge's picture

beisbol been berry berry good 2 me!

SoDamnMad's picture

FBI will investigate. Oh sh*t  How about you work on the Seth Rich case!!!!!!!

bamawatson's picture

shooter's FB page  James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.,

https://www.facebook.com/jthodgkinson   ""DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST""

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Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Why was this DemSocialist fuckup shooting up Repubs - shoulda been angry at the DNC crowd for defrauding Sanders.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

I love the slogan on his FB avatar:

"Democratic Socialism summed up in 3 words: 'We The People' since 1776..."

I had to laugh at the idea of EBT cards, SSI, green energy programs and farm subsidies. What would the Founders in 1776 think of this man and his bold, confident labeling them with the stuff of modern Socialism? Ha!... Still wiping tears from my eyes. LOL!

chumbawamba's picture

<<< Hooray for gun control!

<<< Hooray to an armed populace!

I am Chumbawamba.

nmewn's picture

Now,  what are the odds of someone going on Farcebook looking for a James Hodgkinson and finding one with his avatar as an image of Burnie Marx dressed up as Uncle Sam?  

Covfefe!  ;-)

El Vaquero's picture

He has Bernie as his picture right up top.  I'm not on my own machine, so I feel no shame about looking at facefuck;)

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

 

I have not once given you a Red Arrow.

 

But you gave me no choice, here, Chumba, damn it!!!

 

My only regret was that his Handgun was trumped by a Long Rifle....and he took return fire to his chest.

 

And while the media concentrates on that Republican Whip taking one in the butt (Now how in the Hell does a torniquet help someone shot in the hip/!? You apply pressure.)...

 

THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE CONDITION OF THE HERO.

 

My prayers are for him to recover and be in comfort from pain...and in peace.

Mr. Universe's picture

This should be printed up and sent to every citizen of the USA.

The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”

rosiescenario's picture

...and then there was this....no need to comment on the stupidity:

 

"Not surprisingly, VA governor McAuliffe used this tragedy to push gun control.

bowie28's picture

Elitist assholes like McAuliffe don't even get the hypocrisy of pushing gun control at the same time they are heaping praise on the capitol police who stopped the shooter. 

So if the rep didnt have 24X7 armed protection it would have been a "massacre", which is exactly what would happen in a gun free zone where lowly peasants do not have taxpayer-funded armed guards to protect them.  How exactly is this an argument for gun control?

 

Sick Underbelly's picture

I call this his "Come to Jesus" moment.  He's etched from the genetic-biological fear responses.

Only time will tell whether he goes on the war path, and if he does, whether he will ADVOCATE gun ownership.

My guess is:  he will become the poster child for gun confiscation.

EHM's picture

Yep liberals aren't good with guns.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Baseball practic at 5:30am?

What kind of bullshit is this?

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Some people work hard. Some sleep until noon, only getting up to go to the mailbox to get their EBT check.

Drimble Wedge's picture

It's the work that we avoid,

Yeah, we're all self employed

 

we <3 to work at nothing all day...

Cman5000's picture

Except they're such a tiny minority. I keep saying this they're picking a fight they can't win. Maybe this is what has to happen to these Snowflake Brown Shirts. Clean out this Vermin. 

Twox2's picture

"The MSM is radicalizing American citizens to become insane leftists. They are inciting terror!!!!"

Yep.  The New York Times has blood on its hands with its ongoing support of the Shakespeare in the Park portrayal of a presidential assassination.  They've had blood on their hands for awhile:  Today you can see the blood.

eatthebanksters's picture

The hate mongers on the left (Pelosi, Schumer, Waters and so many more) have started their civil war.  Where does it lead from here?

BobbyRay's picture

It is cucks like you that will never survive a real civil war. 

eclectic syncretist's picture

Looks like part of the Hillary and Obama "resist" campaign.  Time to appoint a special prosecutor and lock them up!!

tmosley's picture

Of course there is. Just suspend Habeus corpus and lock them all up without trial for insurrection.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Were there any dancing Israelis nearby, by any chance?

Jim in MN's picture

50 shots from a hunting rifle? 

festerd's picture

Little George on ABC said there was an assault rifle.  Sen. Jeff Flake stated only that it "sounded like a high power rifle".  Another interviewee on his way to the gym, said it looked like a "kalishnikov type rifle".  Smells like covfefe, to me.

Killtruck's picture

A Kalashnikov certainly would explain the poor marksmanship and the FMJ-type appearance of the wounding. 

Even if the guy knew what he was doing, he would have had a rough time of it with an AK...VERY rough sights, short sight radius, poor build quality on most...

Clearly handicapped himself with his poor choice of weapon.  

all-priced-in's picture

"A Kalashnikov certainly would explain the poor marksmanship and the FMJ-type appearance of the wounding. 

Even if the guy knew what he was doing, he would have had a rough time of it with an AK...VERY rough sights, short sight radius, poor build quality on most...

Clearly handicapped himself with his poor choice of weapon. "

 

 

Pure BS - you have no idea what you are talking about -

 

Have you ever shot an AK?

 

At 200 yards I can hit a paper plate size target - firing at about 1 round a second - and rarely miss the plate - if I do miss it is by a couple inches.

 

A man size target under 200 yards would be easy to hit - at 100 yards or less - with multiple targets out in the open baseball field - it would be fish in a barrel.