Witness captures video of shooting where US congressman, four others wounded

Ebony Scott
June 15, 2017

The shooter, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, later died from his injuries in hospital, FBI Special Agent Tim Slater said. "And then [Congressman] Brad [Wenstrup] from OH, who's a doctor, ran out there and we cut away the uniform and got some gauze", Flake said. When the congressman responded it was Republican members of the congressional baseball team, the man left while the congressmen got in their vehicle.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was taken to an area hospital and is now recovering from surgery.

Two members of the Capitol Police were injured along with a congressional aide and a lobbyist.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords issued a statement on the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise during GOP baseball game.

They were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition in Washington, D.C., where Democrats and Republicans play against each other to raise money for charities.

His social media presence indicated he was strongly opposed to Republicans, including President Donald Trump.

A Facebook page believed to belong to Hodgkinson includes pictures of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rants against Trump and Republicans.

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Another victim of the shooting was Zack Barth, a staff member for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, Williams said in a post on Twitter.

"We took off down the street and a good Samaritan let us into his apartment so we could call 911 and then also call my family", he said.

In a dramatic blow-by-blow account, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN that the gunman was armed with a rifle, and appeared to be a white male. "He dragged himself, after he was shot, from near second base about 10 or 15 yards into the field, just to be, I think, a little further away from the gunman". Soon after, as shots continued to be fired, there were calls to set up a perimeter.

Earlier this morning, two Capitol police officers and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Lousiana were reported to be in stable condition, according to the president.

Trump's previously scheduled event at the Labor Department was cancelled after the shooting. "People come together", she said.

"This is not what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street", McAuliffe said, citing a statistic that 93 Americans are killed with guns daily.

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