WASHINGTON, D.C. (Fox News) - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a congressional aide were shot by a rifle-wielding gunman who sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, before U.S. Capitol Police took the gunman down.
The shooter was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois, Fox News confirmed. President Trump said Hodgkinson died from his injuries.
"Steve Scalice was shot and badly wounded and is now in stable condition at the hospital along with two very brave Capitol Police officers," Trump said in a White House address. "At least two others were also wounded."
Zack Barth, a congressional aide to Roger Williams, and Tyson Foods director of government relations Matt Mika were also injured in the incident.
“Congressman Scalise is a friend and a very good friend,” Trump said. “He’s a patriot and a fighter. He will recover from this assault. And, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers of not only an entire city behind you, but the entire nation – and frankly the entire world.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the chaotic scene to Fox News: "We were like sitting ducks."
"Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre," Paul said, calling the scene "sort of a killing field."
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