Congressman, others shot at baseball practice in Virginia; Suspect dead

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Police in Alexandria, Va., say they are investigating a shooting involving multiple people in northern Virginia, according to the Associated Press.

CBS News reports five people were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria.

We’re told that the suspect, James T. Hodgkinson, has died.

A congressional spokesperson says House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R) of Louisiana was shot at congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning. CBS News is reporting that Scalise has a wound to the hip and is in stable condition right now.

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Washington. The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

According to the Associated Press, Rep. Mo Brooks (R) from Alabama said several other people were also hit, including two law enforcement officers.

President Donald Trump is calling for unity. Trump says in a televised statement from the White House that while the political parties may have their differences, it’s worth remembering that everyone who serves in Washington is here because they love the United States.

Two Mississippi congressmen were on the roster to play in Thursday’s charity baseball game, according to the congressional baseball website. They are: Steve Palazzo and Trent Kelly.

A Texas congressman says the gunman first fired shots at Kelly and missed. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas was at the practice and witnessed the shootings that wounded Louisiana Rep. Scalise and several others.

Rep. Trent Kelly sent out a tweet saying he was safe.

Congressman Palazzo also sent out a tweet asking for prayers for his colleagues.

Governor Phil Bryant confirmed in a tweet that no Mississippi lawmakers were hurt during Wednesday morning’s shooting.

Congressman Harper issued a statement and tweeted about the shooting.

“Our entire community’s thoughts and prayers are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the U.S. Capitol Police Officers, and staff members who were injured in today’s shooting. I am thankful for the swift actions taken by the U.S. Capitol Police officers who were present. As Chairman, I was briefed immediately following this terrible event and our Committee will continue to monitor the situation. The House Sergeant at Arms and Capitol Police continue to investigate and deploy necessary police presence to ensure the area surrounding the U.S. Capitol is safe and secure for Members, staff, and visitors.”

Congressman Thompson tweeted about the incident as well.

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