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GOP Whip Steve Scalise, others shot at early morning baseball practice.

The shooter has died from his injuries, the president said.

• A gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

• Five people were injured.

• Rep. Steve Scalise is in critical condition after being shot in the hip.

• President Donald Trump said the shooter has died from his injuries.

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It is important, now and always, to remember that violence is not the answer. From Rep. Giffords to Rep. Scalise, no politician should be attacked and no innocent bystander threatened because of a political cause or idealogy. My thoughts and support goes out to the victims of this and all violent crimes across the country.

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Congressman, Staffer, And Police Shot At Republican Baseball Practice In Virginia
A gunman opened fire as members of Congress were practicing at baseball fields in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning.
By Jessica Simeone

Republican congressmen and their staffers were at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park baseball fields in Alexandria when a shooter opened fire shortly after 7 a.m. local time.

A Senate staffer who was at the practice, but asked not to be identified, told BuzzFeed News that the alleged gunman asked someone there if those assembled were Republicans or Democrats. When told they were Republicans, the gunman opened fire, reloading two or three times, the staffer said.

House majority whip Steve Scalise and a staffer to Rep. Roger Williams were shot in the melee.

Scalise was shot in the hip and transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for surgery, his office said in a statement. He is in a stable condition.

“We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers,” Scalise’s office said.

Chief Michael Brown of the Alexandria Police Department confirmed that five people were taken to hospitals for treatment, but he did not provide details about their identities or extent of injuries.

The suspect was also shot and was among those taken to a hospital.

Rep. Jeff Flake told reporters that Scalise was on second base when he was shot.
“We were doing batting practice, there were a number of members and staffers fielding,” Flake said. “Steve was on second base and we heard a very loud shot. The gunman was by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field.”

Flake said that Scalise “dragged himself about 15 yards off of there near second base on the field, laying motionless out there.”

“But we couldn’t get to him until the shooting stopped,” Flake said. “After time, another staffer ran in with a leg wound. He was shot in the leg.”

He also said that two Capitol officers — a man and a woman — were shot and one of them was airlifted to the hospital.

Congressman Roger Williams confirmed in a statement that one of his staff members was shot and “is receiving medical attention.”

Flake said he got a glimpse of the alleged gunman. He described him as a white man in his 40s or 50s with dark hair wearing a blue shirt and jeans. He said he believed the gunman had a “lot of ammo.”

Chief Brown told reporters that two of his officers returned fire.

According to reports, multiple shots were fired. Flake said “50 shots would be an understatement.”

Senator Rand Paul told CNN that after 10 shots in a row quickly rang out, “Everybody was hitting the dirt.”

“I saw Scalise go down at second base,” Paul said, adding that at least 50 or 60 shots “had been fired from the shooter.”

“I can tell you that I think with absolute certainty nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” Paul said. “They saved everybody’s life.”

The Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30 am local time at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Williams said in his statement.

This is a developing story. Check here for updates.

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BREAKING: Here's What We Know About The Suspect In The Congressional Baseball Shooting
Multiple reports have identified the shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.
By Talal Ansari

The suspect alleged to have opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball training in Virginia on Wednesday morning has been identified by multiple outlets as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Hill police officers, a lobbyist, and a staffer to Rep. Roger Williams, Zack Barth, were shot at the Alexandria baseball fields.

At a press conference on Wednesday morning, President Trump said the suspect in the shooting had died at a hospital.

Authorities have not yet publicly identified the suspect, but sources told multiple outlets that Hodgkinson was the suspect.

Hodgkinson’s wife told ABC News he has been living in Alexandria for the past two months.

Facebook pages that appeared to belong to Hodgkinson showed multiple posts critical of President Trump and supportive of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina told BuzzFeed News the gunman asked whether those practicing were Republicans or Democrats before opening fire. Shown an image of Hodgkinson from his Facebook page, Rep. Duncan said the photo matched the man he spoke to.

Hodgkinson appeared to own a home inspection company, JTH Inspections, according to the business review website Yelp, his Facebook accounts, and online business records.

His Facebook page, which has been swarmed by users’ comments after Hodgkinson was identified as a suspect, contain multiple posts dating back to at least 2014, that are critical of the Republican party.

Hodgkinson appears to have a particular interest in political cartoons that took aim at Republican figures and their donors, as well as the politics and policies of the GOP in general.

Sen. Sanders said he had been informed that Hodgkinson volunteered on his presidential campaign.

“I am sickened by this despicable act,” Sanders said in a statement. “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

This is a developing news story. Check back for updates.

anonymous asked:

1 and 5 for the personal asks

1. Six songs I listen to the most

OOOh okay, gotta think about this one

Recently, it would be (In no particular order):

B Side by San Cisco // I Wanted So Badly To Be Brave by The Wonder Years // Rat A Tat by Fall Out Boy // In Too Deep by Sum 41 // The Wedding Singer by Modern Baseball // West Virginia by The Front Bottoms

5. What does my latest text message from someone else say

Well, my latest text was from my mom, and it just said “Love you”

My latest DM is probably way more interesting, it’s just this image because my friend is a fucking meme and I hate him