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June 15, 2017

Congressman injured in shooting at Virginia baseball field

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  • U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was critically injured during a shooting at an early morning congressional baseball practice at a field in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia on June 14.
  • Law enforcement and first responders, including Scalise’s Capitol Police security detail, were on the scene immediately and exchanged gunfire with the gunman. Two members of Scalise’s security detail were injured, as well as a Congressional staffer.
  • The gunman was identified as James Hodgkinson of Illinois. According to his social media postings, he was highly critical of President Donald Trump and other Republicans and has a history of domestic violence and minor run-ins with the law. After being shot by law enforcement at the scene, Hodgkinson died of his injuries at the hospital.
  • Votes in the House of Representatives were canceled on June 14 and Democratic and Republican lawmakers gathered on the House floor in a demonstration of solidarity.
  • The Democratic vs. Republican baseball game is expected to take place on June 15 as scheduled.

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