Rep. Steve Scalise, the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, and one of his aides was shot this morning as he practiced for a charity baseball game.
A “hail of bullets” from a rifle-wielding gunman was volleyed at Scalise and several Congressmen as they practiced at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.
Rep. Mo Brooks, a frequent guest of the Freedom Hut, said he believes at least five people were shot and that 50+ rounds were fired:
Text from Mo Brooks, who was at the congressional baseball game practice. pic.twitter.com/gRVj8YjTIU
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 14, 2017
The gunman and four others were taken to a hospital. Scalise’s condition appears to be stable. No clear motive has yet been determined, though it is extremely difficult to say this is not a politically motivated attack.
Scalise, 51, represents the 1st District of Louisiana. During the 113th Congress, he served as chairman for the Republican Study Committee, the conservative House caucus.
President Trump tweeted out a reassurance about Scalise’s condition shortly after the news broke:
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
UPDATE: Scalise is out of surgery:
Steve Scalise is out of surgery, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells me and other reporters.
— Ed O’Keefe (@edatpost) June 14, 2017
The shooter has also been identified:
BREAKING: Shooter named as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. https://t.co/1qZZCwSZL8
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 14, 2017