Five people including the House House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise were shot at a GOP Congressional baseball practice alongside three aides on Wednesday morning by a gunman. The gunman hid behind the dugout as he sprayed the group with bullets. This is a spate of violence that seems not to be abating, what with the happenings in the United Kingdom.
Reports from the scene suggest that the gunman used a semi-automatic rifle from behind the dugout of the field.
Scalise is reported to have been shot in the hip as another congressman seemed to have seen him dragging himself across the field to try and escape from the shooter who fired 50 shots from the dugout in Alexandria, Virginia.
According to Representative Mo Brooks, there were around 20 to 25 people on the field at the time of the shooting,
Images and footage from the scene also show bullet holes in windows of buildings around the scene of the shooting.
It is believed Scalise was hit in the hip with a semi-automatic rifle and one of his aides was hit in the chest. Another aide allegedly used a belt as a tourniquet to help Scalise.
The shooting happened in East Monroe Street, Del Ray, close to a YMCA, police tweeted at 7.30am local time (12.30pm GMT).
There are conflicting reports on whether the suspect was killed or in custody. However, the APD stated that;
‘APD investigating multiple shooting 400 block E Monroe St. Suspect believed in custody. Stay away from the area, let emergency vehicles thru.’
The shooter has been identified by law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson, 66, according to law enforcement officials owned a home inspection business and when his home inspection license expired in November 2016, it was not renewed, state records show.
Records also show that Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding in the damage of a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were later dropped.
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