JUST IN: MedStar Washington Hospital says Rep. Scalise is in “critical condition” following GOP baseball practice shooting in Virginia. pic.twitter.com/Cfl9j3snrL
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2017
UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov’t official: Suspect in shooting of congressman in Virginia identified as Illinois man named James T. Hodgkinson.
Hodgkinson’s Facebook page features a banner image of Senator Bernie Sanders and a profile picture about Democratic Socialism. His profile picture says, “Democratic Socialism explained in 3 words: ‘We the People’ Since 1776.”
Hodgkinson is a Belleville, Illinois, native, according to his Facebook page. He owns a company, JTH Inspections, also called JTH Construction, and studied at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
The shooter was James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, who belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”
“I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office,” he wrote on Facebook.
– Belleville News-Democrat
Related Story: James T. Hodgkinson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
President Donald Trump says the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries.
Trump said Wednesday morning that the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died. The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.
Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Officials said several other people were also wounded. Trump said Scalise “was badly wounded and is now in stable condition.”
Trump praised the “heroic actions” of the Capital Police at the scene.
Earlier stories are below
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and multiple Congressional aides were hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.
At least one aide was shot in the chest.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 14, 2017
Please watch the video above for a very detailed description of what happened.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About three minutes the shooting began, DeSantis said.
Rep. Mo Brooks: “I see a rifle… I hear another blam… at the same time I heard Steve Scalise scream. He was shot” https://t.co/FSjae6jVEc
— CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2017
Photo of Rep. Steve Scalise following shooting at Virginia baseball field during a Congressional baseball practice. pic.twitter.com/PRATI54OrJ
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 14, 2017
Source of this information is Fox News