The suspect in a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, has died, President Donald Trump said in a statement from the White House.
Police responded to reports of a shooting around 7:09 a.m. this morning at a local YMCA just south of Washington, D.C. Witnesses said a gunman opened fire on the field where members of the House and Senate were practicing before Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game, an annual charity event run by members of both parties. The game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was injured and underwent surgery. He is in stable condition, according to his office.
Trump commended Capitol Police officers who responded to the shooting and other first responders. “Our brave Capitol Police perform a challenging job with incredible skill and their sacrifice makes democracy possible,” he said.
“Everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country. … We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified,” he added.
Alexandria Police Chief Michael L. Brown told reporters in a news conference that officers received fire from a suspect and returned fire. Sen. Jeff Flake, who was at the practice, told CBS News the shooter was active for at least 10 minutes.
Capitol Police officers who were injured are in good condition, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.
“The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely,” Trump said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017