Shooter Attacks Republicans at Congressional Baseball Game Practice

Wednesday morning’s congressional baseball practice with Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Va., was interrupted when Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and several others were wounded by shooter James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, who volunteered to campaign for former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

In a statement, Sanders was quick to reply, “I am sickened by this despicable act . . . Our prayers go out for a full recovery of Rep. Scalise, the congressional aides and police officers who were injured. We’ve got to stop the violence.”

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told NBC that it seemed the gunman “was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.” The shooter was shot during a gunfight with police and has since died. Two Facebook accounts belonging to a “James Hodgkinson” of Belleville, Ind., have links or “likes” to several liberal organizations and posts in opposition to conservative issues and figures, including a post critical of Rep. Scalise.

The FBI is investigating whether the shooting could be considered a form of terrorism. Scalise remains in critical condition.

Despite the tragedy, the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game, scheduled for June 15 at Nationals Park, went on as planned.

News Sources:

NOTE: FACT provides links to external websites for educational purposes only. The inclusion of any links to other websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

Get News Stories In Your Inbox Every Week