Local

Video shows moments shots fired at Congressional baseball practice

Video shows moments shots fired at Congressional baseball practice”

The gunfire at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park broke out around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning when the suspect, identified by police as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire as lawmakers were practicing for the annual charity congressional baseball game set for Thursday. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", his office said in a previous statement at 2:30 p.m. EST. Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, witnesses said.

Brooks said Scalise was shot in the leg (some reports said hip) and was bleeding heavily, but was conscious the entire time Brooks was with him.

Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, at the practice because they're on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's (R-La.) security detail, returned fire when a man began shooting up the field. "So finally when I heard someone said "the shooter is down" I ran out to Steve, and put pressure on the wound".

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., told CNBC that the first shot came "from somewhere behind the third base dugout and then the second shot came shortly thereafter". "Within moments there was a barrage of shots being fired".

At least one IL congressman, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, was on the scene.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers. "Fortunately, he's a good guy", Brooks said of a Capitol Police officer.

President Trump responded to the attack, saying that he and Vice President Pence are "deeply saddened by this tragedy".

Police confirmed that the suspect is in custody.

Congressional officials say the shooting happened at a congressional baseball practice. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him", Trump tweeted.

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. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of the Capitol Police.

Sanders said Hodgkinson volunteered on his presidential campaign and denounced the shooter's actions.

This is a developing story and will be updated.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


15 June 2017
House Republicans brace for potential 2018 midterm losses
Most importantly, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin , R-Western Springs, said Rauner would sign the new plan if passed. Reform measures will be filed in the House, while the plan's education and budget plans are to be filed in the Senate.

15 June 2017
Rex Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar
He has also repeated allegations made by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi about Doha's alleged funding terrorism through a series of tweets . The crisis started Monday when those four countries cut diplomatic ties and closed all land, sea and air borders with Qatar.

15 June 2017
World Cup is on my mind, says Yuvraj Singh
After Yuvraj Singh , next in the line of 300 ODI landmark is India's former ODI captain MS Dhoni, who has played 289 ODI till now. Been a long journey and there have been a few ups and downs. "That would have been a big achievement for me but here I am now".

15 June 2017
US House majority whip shot at congressional baseball practice
Ryan's and Pelosi's statements calling for a sense of decency at a time of violence echoed those of President Donald Trump . Mo Brooks , an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

15 June 2017
Russian Federation protests: Kremlin critic Navalny jailed, hundreds arrested
Navalny's wife, Yulia , tweeted that her husband had been detained a half an hour before the start of the scheduled rally. A young demonstrator is arrested by riot police during a demonstration in downtown Moscow , the Russian capital.

15 June 2017
Daredevil Wallenda's wife discusses hanging by her teeth over Niagara Falls
The stunt is expected to begin about 8:30 a.m. and should be over in less than 10 minutes. "She's a ballerina in the air" Nik Wallenda said.

15 June 2017
Durant Leads Warriors to NBA Championship
The league's best three-point marksman will be eligible for a five-year deal worth an estimated $207 million. "He's so great. Warriors guard Stephen Curry shot just 2-for-9 from beyond the arc but finished with 34 points and a team-high 10 assists.

15 June 2017
Murray to start in goal for Penguins in Game 5
Expect a big game from captain Sidney Crosby and leading goal scorer Jake Guentzel . "We're not talking about being exhausted ". The Penguins couldn't have responded much better to losses in Game 3 and Game 4, where they scored a combined two goals.

15 June 2017
Boris Johnson denies plot to topple tottering Theresa May
But any deal between the two parties has yet to be announced, and details of how they may cooperate remain sketchy. Although talks broke up on Tuesday night without agreement, Theresa May described the discussions as "productive".

15 June 2017
President Trump: Scalise a good friend and patriot
The office said later that he remains in critical condition . "Gratefully, they were there", Flake said of the officers. Scalise and four others were shot; the gunman was also shot and later died from his injuries after he was apprehend.