Suspect in GOP baseball practice shooting dies from injuries

Suspect in GOP baseball practice shooting dies from injuries
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, was among multiple people shot at a baseball practice for GOP lawmakers and staff Wednesday in Alexandria, VA. (Source: House.gov)
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, was among multiple people shot at a baseball practice for GOP lawmakers and staff Wednesday in Alexandria, VA. (Source: House.gov)
President Donald Trump said during a national news conference that the shooter who opened fired on Republican Congressional lawmakers and staff as they practiced baseball died from his injuries. (Source: CBS News)
President Donald Trump said during a national news conference that the shooter who opened fired on Republican Congressional lawmakers and staff as they practiced baseball died from his injuries. (Source: CBS News)

WASHINGTON (WTOL) - President Donald Trump said during a national news conference that the shooter who opened fired on Republican Congressional lawmakers and staff as they practiced baseball died from his injuries.

Trump refused to say the name of the alleged gunman, identified by multiple news outlets as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from Belleville, IL. Pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Trump posts are featured on a Facebook page with someone of the same name and hometown, but the page has not been confirmed as the shooter.

House Majority WHIP Steve Scalise of Louisiana was among the victim's shot on the baseball field.

Scalise appeared on Leading Edge with Jerry Anderson in 2014 along with Congressman Bob Latta. Watch it here.

Senator Jeff Flake said Scalise was playing second base at the baseball practice when he was shot by a man standing off the third-base side of the field, according to the Associated Press. Flake said the gunman was using a rifle and had "a lot of ammo."

Several other people were wounded, including a congressional staff member and two law enforcement officials.

President Trump tweeted that Scalise is expected to recover.

Rep. Scalise was reported to be in good spirits at the hospital where he is undergoing surgery.

Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Latta sent also sent out their support to all those involved in the shooting, especially the police officers that were on scene.

Bob Latta knows Scalise personally.

Latta was at the Capitol when the shooting occurred, but was not at the baseball field.

Rep. Scalise was also featured on an episode of Leading Edge with Jerry Anderson with Congressman Latta in 2014.

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