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Congress baseball gunman is 66-year-old white Illinois man

Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on June 14, 2017 at 12:15 PM


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip at a GOP baseball practice on Wednesday by a gunman who launched a targeted attack on the group. He was taken to hospital after crawling to safety while his Capitol Hill police escort exchanged gunfire with the shooter


James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, opened on the GOP team at 7:00 a.m. at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and left a trail of blood as he tried to crawl to safety


Two heroic US Capitol Police officers were injured trading pistol gunfire while the congressmen took cover


They were both shot as was Zachary Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams


The shooter was described as 'white' and middle-aged.' He fired between 50 and 100 rounds from an M4 rifle


He was eventually shot by the hero Capitol Hill officers who were accompanying Scalise to the practice


President Trump said the Scalise – a 'true friend and patriot' – was expected to make a full recovery


Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Mo Brooks and Rep. Brad Robert Wenstrup all gave first aid to their injured teammates


The team was practicing ahead of a Thursday night charity game when they were targeted


All house votes in Washington were canceled in light of the shooting as security in the Capitol was heightened



The gunman who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice session on Wednesday morning, injuring four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has been named as James T. Hodgkinson.


The shooter from Belleville, Illinois, fired up to 100 rounds from a high powered rifle from the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as the group practiced batting at around 7.00 a.m.


He was eventually shot by two U.S. Capitol Police officers who were accompanying Scalise. They were both wounded as they exchanged gunfire.


Hodgkinson, who was first named by CBS News, is now in custody and undergoing treatment at a local hospital. Acquaintances said the man was a staunch Democrat who volunteered for Bernie Sanders' campaign.


Zachary Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams was also shot. Senator Rand Paul, who was at the scene but was not injured, described it as a 'killing field.'


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