UPDATE (11:45 a.m.) – President Trump says the gunman in the Alexandria attack is dead. He made a statement from the White House moments ago. In an earlier Facebook post, gunman James Hodgekinson spoke out against President Trump.
UPDATE (10:53 a.m.) – Police have now identified the suspected gunman as James T. Hodgekinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. It is still not known what the motive for the shooting might be. Hodgekinson was wounded by police during the shooting and his condition is believed to be non-life threatening.
UPDATE (8:55 a.m.) – Two Michigan Congressmen were at the shooting scene this morning and are unhurt. Congressmen Mike Bishop and John Moolenaar were at the ball field when a single gunman opened fire, wounding at least four people. 6 News has talked to staffmembers for both Congressmen and will have updates shortly.
Rep. Moolenaar’s staff issued this statement:
“This morning, Congressman John Moolenaar attended baseball practice. He was uninjured in the shooting that took place. He asks that you keep those injured in this act of cowardice in your thoughts and prayers. “
Rep. Dan Kildee was practicing with the Democratic congressional team on another field when the shooting took place. He responded to the attack this morning:
“I am deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at the Republican field during congressional baseball practice. This morning’s violence is absolutely senseless.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise, staff and police officers who were shot. I am grateful to the U.S. Capitol Police who every day put their lives on the line to keep Members of Congress, our staff and the public safe.”
This story continues to develop and will be updated online and on 6 News.
(WLNS) – Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana has been shot, along with four other people, at a softball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
The five were in a dugout during practice for the upcoming annual Congressional softball.
It is also reported that two police officers are also among the wounded.
Rep. Scalise appeared to be alert and conscious as he was taken from the field, reportedly with a hip wound.
Rep. Scalise is the Republican House Majority Whip and is considered well-liked in Congress, according the CBS News.
It is reported the gunman fired as many as fifty shots into the dugout, although some witnesses say they heard as many as 100 shots.
Police say they have a suspect is custody but have not released any information about the suspect.
Witnesses say the gunman is a “middle-aged, white man”.
This story is developing and will be updated online and on 6 News