steve scalise alexandria

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were shot as a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA.  The shooting began around 7:15 AM, and lasted around 10 minutes.  Reports indicate that over 50 shots were fired.  The gunman has been shot and is in custody, although there are some reports that the suspect is dead.

Fox News has the story from Alexandria:

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The gunman was shot by U.S. Capital Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. Rep. Mo Brooks reportedly used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.

“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.

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 three minutes the shooting began, DeSantis said.

The shooting began at 7:15 a.m. and lasted about 10 minutes, sources told Fox News.

“Behind third base, I see a rifle…I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream,” Brooks told CNN.

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.

At this point it’s too early to know exactly what happened.  However, based on Rep. Desantis’ account it appears the shooting may have been politically motivated.  The gunman has not been identified as of this time.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for any updates.

UPDATE: Apparently the gunman isn’t dead, but in custody.

A witness describing at least 50 shots ringing out:


And the award for “First Person to Make Alexandria About Gun Control” goes to…

President Trump speaks out:

Rand Paul: Scalise being there saved lives. Security would not have been present without him.




UPDATE:

Shooter has been identified as James T Hodgkinson of Illinois. Per his Facebook Page, anti Trump, pro Bernie,

More from Heavy.com at this link:

James T. Hodgkinson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

UPDATE:  11:40 am

President Trump states in Press Conference that the shooter is dead

 
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