Authorities Probing Attack on GOP Lawmakers

Courtesy of Alexandria Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of Alexandria Sheriff's Office

U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials said Thursday they are still investigating why a Virginia man shot at Republican lawmakers at a baseball field, while officers and emergency responders are being hailed as heroes for their quick actions.

The suspected gunman, James Hodgkinson of Alexandria, who was shot and killed by responding authorities, lived in the city since March and previously resided in Illinois, according to a joint statement Thursday by Capitol Police, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Alexandria police.

“We also continue to encourage the public to come forward with any information on the shooter,” the statement read. “We ask for the community’s patience as the FBI continues to actively work the scene and complete the shooting trajectory.”

The incident occurred Wednesday morning at an Alexandria baseball field, where GOP lawmakers were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game scheduled for Thursday.

Officers David Bailey, Crystal Griner and Henry Cabrera and others involved received special recognition Wednesday in Congress for their bravery.

Beside Bailey and Griner, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and two Congressional staffers also were injured in the attack.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was the most seriously wounded. The House majority whip underwent numerous surgeries and was in critical condition Thursday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in D.C.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said in a statement Wednesday that Bailey sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. Griner, who was shot in the ankle, is in good condition.

House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) gave an emotional speech to his colleagues Wednesday on the House floor.

“We all praying on those attacked and for their families,” he said. “We are united. We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

The congressional baseball will proceed Thursday evening as scheduled.

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