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Suspect reported dead after congressman, guards injured in shooting outside DC

15 Juin 2017

The Illinois man who shot a Republican congressman and several other people Wednesday while they practiced baseball outside the nation's capital had a number of run-ins with police in recent years, including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving.

A gunman, identified as as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, opened fire during the baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, wounding the House Majority Whip, members of his security detail, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist.

Tim Slater, the Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, said he would not comment on what types of weapons Hodgkinson had or which one he was using as he shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, (R-Louisiana), and four others.

Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg. He was later reported to have died from injuries.

Until recently, he ran a home-inspection business out of his home in Belleville, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality. Sanders said he denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms".

They had gathered for the annual congressional baseball match between Republicans and Democrats which raises money for charity.

Metairie Indivisible, a local chapter of the grassroots resistance movement Indivisible, quickly put out a call to action to their supporters urging them to send their support to Scalise and his family.

The headquarters of the National Rifle Association is also located in nearby Fairfax County. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. "Liberals Already Using Shooting To Call For Gun Control", read a headline in the conservative website Daily Caller.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy", Trump said in a statement, adding that he was closely monitoring the developments in Alexandria, Virginia just outside the U.S. capital, where police have arrested the unidentified gunman. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", his office said in a statement.

He said there were easily 50 shots fired. "I am not shot".

The quality of play can be patchy at times, but a number of lawmakers have managed to distinguish themselves on the field.

Scalise fell to the ground near second base and crawled toward the outfield in search of safety. He and another lawmaker helped staunch the blood flow from Scalise's bullet injury after police had downed the gunman.

"Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I can see how the guy was troubled, but at the time I thought he was working", Brennwald said.

Last month, Scalise, who has described the constitutional right to bear arms as "incredibly sacred", introduced legislation that would relax restrictions on interstate firearm sales, making it easier for law-abiding citizens to buy guns.