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Gunman identified in shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise during early morning baseball practice

June 14, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gunman identified in shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise during early morning baseball practice

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Authorities have identified the suspected gunmen accused of shooting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and at least four other people during early morning baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

According to reports, the suspected shooter is identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, from Belleville, Illinois.

The Washinton Post reported Hodgkinson owns a home inspection business though his license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed.

Scalise and some colleagues  were practicing at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park ahead of a charity match on Thursday when the gunman opened fire at 7 am

Hodgkinson has a prior arrest on his record for battery and aiding damage to a car in Illinois in April 2006. The charges were eventually dismissed.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) told CNN he was leaving the practice around 7:10 a.m. when a man approached and asked whether Republicans or Democrats were on the field.

Alexandria Police said on Twitter at 7:30 a.m. that gunfire erupted on East Monroe Street near a YMCA in Del Ray. Authorities are calling the shooting a targeted attack and the FBI has since taken over the investigation.

Scalise was one of five injured by the gunman who fired up to 100 rounds before he was wounded by Capitol Police

Officials said Scalise was undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital and remained in stable condition. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The condition of the others who were shot is still unknown.

The gunman was shot by U.S. Capitol Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital, officials said. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, the gunman was killed.

However, reports of the gunman’s death is still unconfirmed. The incident occurred at Simpson Field in Alexandria, about 10 miles from Washington D.C.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who also witnessed the event unfold, confirmed the shooting of Republican Whip Steve Scalise and at least four other people on Wednesday morning during an interview with talk show host, Matt Murphy on FMTALK1065.

“Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks,” Brooks said. “Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”

Fox News reported that two Capitol Hill Police officers and two of the congressmen staffers were also among the victims injured in the gunfire.

Initial reports indicate a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle fired 50 shots, ABC7 reported.

Although police had not revealed the extent of the congressman’s injuries, the Daily Mail is reporting Steve Scalise had suffered a gunshot wound to the hip and was airlifted to a nearby medical center

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