June 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Domestic Terrorism

ALEXANDRIA, [VA]--House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has undergone surgery and will need further operations, after being shot by a man who opened fire with a rifle on an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress in Alexandria, Va. Scalise was the most seriously injured of four victims of the shootings. The suspect was fatally wounded during a gun battle with law enforcement, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer who had been shot. In an evening press conference, the FBI said investigators believe the shooting suspect had been living out of his van and had been in the area since March. The FBI identified the gunman as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. Hodgkinson, 66, was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting and transported to a hospital "where he succumbed to his injuries." The FBI said it was not currently looking for other suspects, though Slater cautioned that he does not know where the investigation will lead. FBI agents are searching Hodgkinson's home in Illinois, he said. The suspect's vehicle was located on site and was swept by the Alexandria Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Hodgkinson was a member of several online groups that took stances against Republicans and President Trump. Those hit with gunfire in the incident Wednesday morning were: Scalise, Griner, congressional staffer Zachary Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and the gunman. Rep. Roger Williams of Texas and Special Agent David Bailey of the U.S. Capitol Police sustained minor secondary injuries. View More>>

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