Members of Congress were at baseball practice at a park in Alexandra Virginia this Wednesday morning 14 June 2017 for a game to be played later today/tonight. A middle-aged white male in jeans and white t-shirt entered area, reported to have asked which ones are the Republicans. He then opened fire. Had rifle and automatic pistol. Congressman Steve Scalise, Republican, Louisiana, was shot in hip, taken to hospital, will make quick recovery. One or two of his aids also shot. Two Capitol Police officers shot – one of them a female officer who had been assigned to protect Congressman Scalise (like Secret Service). None fatal. Gunman shot, wounded, captured, will live.
This was not a terrorist attack. Apparently the gunman is someone who is angry with Republican members of Congress.
President Trump and Vice President Pence canceled scheduled speeches, returned to White House for emergency meetings. All scheduled activities at US Senate and US House of Representatives canceled at least for today.
Check your preferred news sources for updates (and corrections). Presently nonstop live coverage with updates on TV – CNN, Fox News, MSNBC. Also, because this is such a significant event, ABC, CBS, and NBC are providing continuous coverage on TV.
UPDATES (and corrections):
Gunman has died from his wounds. He has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, age 66.
Two of four victims are in critical condition.
If not for Capitol Police and Congressman Scalise security detail, the number of victims would have been many more and with fatalities. Normally, the average congressman has no protection, including at events such as a baseball game practice. The baseball game practiced for will be played tomorrow night – Thursday.
Reported by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
9:00am CT Wednesday – 14 June 2017