|The scene this morning (image credit)|
Details everywhere on the web (Google search term: steve scalise shot), including at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, where I have been frenetically posting updates.
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Lousiana) was shot and was lying wounded on the outfield for about 10 minutes. Two Capitol Police officers have also been shot.
Among the updates I've posted at Infidel Bloggers Alliance:
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 of 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).
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: 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 posted at Infidel Bloggers Alliance:
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.
As predicted (with thanks to Anonymous at Infidel Bloggers Alliance):
Rolling Stone, Washington Post Freelancer Blames Scalise For Getting Himself Shot https://t.co/dWKFfShEej— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) June 14, 2017
UPDATE...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.Apparently, the shooter is a Bernie Sanders supporter and rabidly anti-Trump. More information about the shooter HERE at Heavy.com.
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.