Multiple People Shot, Including House Majority Whip, At Congressional Baseball Practice; Shooter Dead

This article comes from ZeroHedge.com

At least five people have been shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise – the third ranking Republican – and aides, during a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, Alexandria police said on Twitter at 7:30 a.m. The location was near a YMCA.

Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop tells WWJ Newsradio 950 he was attending the practice around 5:30 a.m., just outside of Alexandria, when shots rang out. He said he and his colleagues were “sitting ducks.”

“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line,” Bishop said. “He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.”

More than 50 shots were fired, according to CBS News, with some accounts putting the number closer to 100. Four people were injured, including two Capitol Hill police officers and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The suspect was also shot.

“The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”

Update 8:

President Trump has just confirmed that Hodgkinson has died from wounds incurred during his shootout with the Capitol Police this morning.

Update 7:

The shooter has been identified at 66 year old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Update 6:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and law enforcement officials held a press briefing which began around 10:30AM EST.  Among other things, officers confirmed that the 2 U.S. Capitol Police Officers who were shot this morning were in “good condition.”

Virginia police said the FBI will be taking over the investigation.

Not surprisingly, VA governor McAuliffe used this tragedy to push gun control.

Update 5:

The House has gone into recess and confirmed that no votes are scheduled for today in light of this morning’s shooting.  The House Sgt. as Arms will brief members of Congress later this morning.

Read more here.

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  1. Retired Navy Spook 14 June, 2017, 12:36

    “He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.”

    More than 50 shots were fired, according to CBS News, with some accounts putting the number closer to 100.”

    Thank God he wasn’t a better shot.

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    • Cobbler 14 June, 2017, 13:59

      The guy was dressed as a jogger. Was that gun dropped somewhere for him to pick up and use? Also, was the shooters intent for this act to, serve as a “catalyst for revolution”, or a symbolic act? Was the gun connected to the Wisconsin guy that robbed the gun store and lead the feds on a man hunt because I do not think all the weapons were recovered from that.

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      • Strong Horse 14 June, 2017, 23:10

        Cobbler,
        Yep, already conflicting reports coming out. This one is already starting to reek.
        If he was dressed as a jogger, why did the two Republican Congressmen, who reportedly stated that he asked them if it was Republicans or Democrats on the field, “Just before he walked to the fence and opened fire”, not see it, or the handgun they now say he had? Why, if that is the way it went down, didn’t they jump him after he turned away from them to go to the fence? Or at least call someone.
        Why was this guy not on anyone’s radar? His alleged Facebook posts were reportedly more and more strongly worded against Trump and the entire Republican party. Not only that, but he had only recently relocated to Virginia from Illinois a couple of months before, and had been living at the YMCA, “out of a gym bag”, (according to the manager), yet according to the FBI, he was living in his cargo van.
        He also had a record, including prior violence:
        He was charged with battery, and aiding damage to a vehicle in April 2006 in St. Clair County, Illinois, according to court records. The case involved an incident with his daughter, his daughter’s friend and the friend’s boyfriend, court documents show. The police report said Hodgkinson was trying to get his daughter to leave the 19-year-old female friend’s house, but things got physical when she refused to leave. He was accused of grabbing her hair and pulling her to the floor. Police said they found hair that had been ripped out of the girl’s head. The daughter tried to flee in a car and police said Hodgkinson reached in, turned off the car and cut her seat belt. He then punched the female friend in the face with a closed fist, police said. When the friend’s boyfriend tried to intervene, police said Hodgkinson hit him with the wooden stock of a shotgun and then chased him, firing a shot that did not hit anyone.
        Aimee Moreland, the daughter’s friend, said the daughter, “told me a lot of stories that he was really awful to her. According to his foster daughter, he was always angry. She was really unhappy there. She had come over to get away from them.” Moreland also told the news site, “Do I think he’s capable (of the shooting)? Definitely. It sounds really awful, but I’m not surprised. Every interaction I’ve had I’ve thought ‘that guy’s crazy.’”
        His wife, Suzanne, was also charged with domestic battery. It is not known why the charges were dropped. The judge in that case, Brian Babka, refused to comment about why the charges were dismissed.
        Hodgkinson and his wife had several foster children, including one, Wanda Ashley Stock, who killed herself in 1996 at the age of 17 by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire inside a car. She had lived with the family for only a few months.
        His record also included charges for failing to obtain electrical permits, damaging a motor vehicle, resisting a police officer, eluding police, critical damage to property, driving under the influence, and traffic offenses.
        Then there is his recent behavior that didn’t seem to raise any suspicions either:
        An Alexandria resident and attorney, Stephen Brennwald, said he had seen Hodgkinson hanging out often over the past several weeks in the lobby of the YMCA near the baseball field where the shooting occurred. He would come to the YMCA first thing in the morning, take out his laptop or stare out of the window. “He never worked out. He never talked to anybody. He never did anything,” Brennwald told one newspaper. “He’d just sit there and stare at his laptop. It didn’t seem right, but I figured maybe he’s a law enforcement guy monitoring something. He had this kind of faraway stare.” According to reports, Hodgkinson also used a P.O. box in Alexandria and frequented a barbecue restaurant, “Pork Barrel BBQ”. Bartenders there said he came in and had a few drinks, “Budweiser”, alone, watching sports or staring out at nothing, as if day-dreaming.
        “He definitely creeped out all our female bartenders,” Jamie Craig, a bartender at the restaurant, told the reporter. “I tried to shy away from him”. The YMCA manager said Hodgkinson showered there about 7 a.m., not long before the shooting.
        So, a strange guy, I can’t help but wonder how much of that few months time was spent in Langley.
        So yes, as usual, there are already conflicting reports from The FBI and other agencies. No surprise there.
        And once again, another lone nut. Am I the only one getting really tired of that tired old line? What do you bet that there will be no autopsy, (to determine what mind altering drugs were in his system), and will likely also be cremated, quickly, (so nobody can ever get a court order to exhume the remains for testing), and the family will get a nice payoff.
        It sure seems to be the “Normal” in these cases anymore.
        FtR,
        David

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  2. Greg K 14 June, 2017, 21:18

    Shouldn’t this rise to “Domestic Terror?” He used violence to push a political agenda. Shouldn’t they be looking deep into his associations? Me thinks there’s a rat in the works.

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    • Cobbler 15 June, 2017, 08:15

      This is what happens when there is a “crisis of legitimacy.” That attack was a “propaganda of the deed act.”

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  3. Retired Navy Spook 15 June, 2017, 09:19

    Not to be upstaged, Virginia Governor Terry McAullife reminded everyone just how many Americans die EVERY DAY from gun violence.

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/mcauliffe-lose-93-million-americans-a-day-gun-violence/

    YCMTSU!

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  4. Tuaca 17 June, 2017, 10:33

    Representative Scalise was the target. He hated pedophilia. He wrote an article on it on June 6th. Scalise also did a YouTube announcement about sex trafficking. If you are not aware, AG Sessions is going to be arresting some high profile people. This is part of draining the swamp. You can expect Comey to be one of them.

    Pedogate is so expansive it hits all of government departments and agencies especially the State Dept.

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  5. cupid 21 June, 2017, 16:26

    Drain the swamp! drain the swamp! GO MR TRUMP GO.

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