What was supposed to be baseball practice for an annual non-partisan event Wednesday morning took an ugly turn when House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was injured along with four others, by a lone shooter.
As reported by the New York Times, the shooting lasted for 10 minutes and two of the five people who were wounded are in critical condition. Scalise was shot in the hip and is now in stable condition. In a statement, President Trump said the gunman, who has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson from Illinois, had died from his injuries. Hodgkinson apparently volunteered on Bernie Sanders’ campaign, and the former presidential candidate said he is “sickened by this despicable act.”
In his speech, Trump also praised the "heroic actions" of Capitol Police at the scene and said the FBI is continuing its investigation of the incident. AirTalk and KPCC are following this breaking story and will provide updates as news breaks.
With files from the Associated Press.
Pete Aguilar, Democratic congressman representing the 31st District of California, which includes the city of San Bernardino and portions of Rancho Cucamonga; he is a member of the Democratic congressional baseball team