|The scene this morning (image credit)|
Go to Google search for "steve scalise shot" (without the quotation marks).
I am updating as I can. ~ AOW
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) was apparently shot in the hip and unable to walk.
CNN is saying the shooter was a middle-aged white man.
Two Capitol Police officers also shot. They were armed only with handguns, the shooter(s) with a rifle (or rifles). One of Congressman Scalise's aides was also shot.
Note: the only people on that baseball field were members of the GOP.
Members of the GOP Baseball Team was hiding in the dugout and screaming into their mobile phones, "We are under attack!"
At least five have been hit.
Report on Fox News: before the shooting started, a man in running shorts came up and asked if the baseball team was Democrats or Republicans.
UPDATE FROM PASTORIUS
I WILL BE AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER FOR AWHILE, BUT HERE'S SOME INFORMATION:
This shooting appears to be a deliberate, target attack on the GOP (CNN).
The weapon appears to have been an AR-15 (according to some gun-savvy witnesses, Fox News).
Fox News: the shooting went on for 10 minutes. The shooter reloaded at least once.
The Congressional Teams Baseball Game was supposed to take place tomorrow at Nationals Field and has been well-publicized (Fox News).
One the Capitol Police officers, although shot, was able to take down the shooter. The shooter is now en route to a hospital (Fox News).
Congressman Scalise was airlifted from the scene and is now in the hospital, probably INOVA Fairfax Hospital, which has a trauma center (Fox News).
"It was a shooting field" (Rand Paul, interviewed by phone on Fox News. Some 50 rounds were fired by the gunman.
According to Jeff Flake (R - Arizona), Steve Scalise was playing 2nd base. When he was shot, he dragged himself into the outfield so as to be further away from the shooter, who was behind the 3rd base dugout. Congressman Jeff Flake went to the outfield to put pressure on Scalise's hip wound. The Congressional Baseball Game has been a Washington tradition for over 16 years (Fox News).
UPDATE: Congressman Scalise may be at Georgetown University Medical Center. Police in assault rifles all over the ER entrance there. The Today Show Twitter feed is showing that he may have a groin wound:
As Anonymous has pointed out here at IBA, in a comment:
If the shooter is tied to the right Trump will be blamed. If the shooter is tied to the left the gun will be blamed.The blame game has started (with thanks to Anonymous):
UPDATE FROM PASTORIUS:Rolling Stone, Washington Post Freelancer Blames Scalise For Getting Himself Shot https://t.co/dWKFfShEej— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) June 14, 2017
AOW here...Shooter identified by law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson:
The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business. His home inspection license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, state records show.
Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were dismissed, records show.