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UPDATED: A Republican Congressman & Others Have Been Shot at a Baseball Field Near D.C.

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UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. Hodkinson is 66 years old and owns a home inspection business, according to NBC. NBC says that law enforcement officials are still unclear of the motivation of the attack. President Donald Trump will make an address from the White House this afternoon, according to CBS.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Republican lawmaker was shot Wednesday morning at a park in Alexandria, Va., when a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball team practice, The Washington Postreports.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana congressman and the House majority whip, was one of several people shot. Scalise is wounded in the hip area but is in stable condition, according to NBC

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama was one of the congressmen at the field. In an interview with CNN, he said he heard Scalise scream that he was shot. Brooks said the attacker shot both of the Capitol Police officers, who were at the field as security details, but that both have non-life-threatening injuries.

Alexandria police tweeted that five people have been transported to local hospitals, including one suspect.

Katie Fillus, a bystander who was near the baseball field with plans to walk her dog, told the Post that she heard “very, very loud popping sounds.” After seeing a police officer get shot in front of her, Fillus “belly crawled" back to her car, where she ducked to hide from the shooter.

This morning’s baseball practice was the last practice before a Congressional Baseball Game scheduled for Thursday. The Congressional Baseball Game is an annual partisan competition consisting of Senate and House members who play to support Washington D.C.-area charities.


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