Shooter of US Congressman was living in his auto

Claudine Rigal
Juin 15, 2017

An FBI Evidence Response team inspects the contents of one of the many bags left at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and others, during a congressional baseball practice. And we must play this baseball game ... He avoided issuing partisan blame for the attack, which was carried out by an assailant who had expressed anger at Trump's election and support for Democratic candidates.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, right, walks behind House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, middle, on November 15, 2016.

Congressional aide Zachary Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey also were wounded in the rampage.

The gunman, identified by law officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout. His high-ranking role typically affords him a Capitol Police security detail.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign previous year.

Trump described Scalise as a "very good friend" and "patriot", telling him: "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting". "He's a patriot and a fighter". He was texting - he was texting letting people know we were under fire and that we needed help.

"Please take a moment today to cherish those you love, and always remember those who serve and keep us safe", Trump said.

Authorities refused to confirm that identification at a mid-morning press conference.

"We continue to actively investigate the shooter's motives, acquaintances and whereabouts that led to today's incidents", special agent Tim Slater told reporters, adding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had recovered and was attempting to trace two weapons, a rifle and a handgun. His demeanor was "calm", she said.

Falisa Peoples was just leaving the YMCA next to the ball field when she saw the shooter open fire.

"I heard a single large bang and I thought nothing of it".

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi D-Ill., said in a statement, "I was not at the scene today, but my thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise, the Capitol Police officers and others who were shot, and their families".

"Many lives would've been lost if not for the two Capitol Hill police officers who took down the gunman, despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Trump said.

USA representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan had ducked out of baseball practice when a middle-aged man in the vehicle park asked them if the players in red shirts on the field were Republicans or Democrats. "And thank God he wasn't a very good shot", said Representative Joe Barton, the Republican team's manager.

The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, across the Potomac River from Washington.

Representative Tim Ryan, who early on Wednesday was practicing for the ballgame with fellow Democrats, told reporters that Washington politicians needed to cool their rhetoric.

"We were doing batting practice, and all of a sudden, someone came with a rifle".

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said, his tone somber, America's acrimonious politics set aside for the moment.

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake said Wednesday that Obama (pictured below) had sent his "best wishes and prayers" for the victims. Or will we soon go back to the ugly, divisive business as usual, as Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and the other injured heal? "He has received multiple units of blood transfusion", the hospital said in a statement put out by Scalise's office.

President Donald Trump said in a statement, "The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely".

We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in.

"I was on my front porch and that is when I heard the first round of shots".

Woodruff said he ducked into a garage and called 911. They did not say which officers fired their weapons. He was wounded in the gun battle with police.

Reba Winstead lives across the street from the parking lot of the park where the shooting occurred.

"Boom, boom, boom, boom for the first 10 our so, then there was a pause and then they started up again", Winstead said. "It was just a calm morning and then all of a sudden there's gunfire in our neighborhood".

Witnesses earlier said Scalise was felled by a bullet to his hip, and crawled across the field during the shooting.

"An attack on a member of Congress or any American is an attack on all of us", she said in a statement. Rand Paul told Fox News.

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