On the morning of June 14th, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip at a Congressional Republican Baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Scalise is the third ranking member of the House Republican leadership. The shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois.
In the images are the gunman, James Hodgkinson, at a protest and in a previous arrest.
The gunman reportedly asked, “are these the Republicans or the Democrats” before attempting to murder the participants of the practice. Congressman Scalise wasn’t the only one shot in the incident. NBC reported that a staff member of Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, and a director of government relations for Tyson Foods were also shot.
Five people were wounded in the incident, including the gunning down of Hodgkinson after police arrived. Two police officers bravely faced Hodgkinson in a gunfight, one of the officers was shot before they could kill Hodgkinson. Fortunately, Hodgkinson is the only one to have died from the incident. President Donald Trump spoke this morning about the incident, commending the officers for their “heroic actions.”
Hodgkinson had a history of arrests and was a volunteer of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. House Speaker Paul Ryan proclaimed, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” Senator Bernie Sanders asserted, “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.” The Capitol Hill police officers saved the day from becoming a tragic incident. As Senator Rand Paul told CNN, “nobody would have survived without the Capital Hill police, it would have been a massacre without them.”