June 14,2017 (WASHINGTON) House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot in the hip during baseball practice. The shooter was identified as James T Hopkinson of Illinois, a Facebook page belonging to a man of the same same identifies the user as a Bernie Sanders supporter.
Senator Bernie Sanders has condemned the violence in no uncertain terms on the well of the Senate. CNN is also reporting that the field campaign head has said Hopkinson was not a paid volunteer.
I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.
My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.
Alexandria police told media that’s five people were transported by emergency services from the practice field. Two were Capital Police officers who engaged the shooter, who was using a rifle.
There were anywhere from 25-30 members of Congress and staff that came together for practice, for the annual baseball game. According to CNN this is being called a deliberate attack.
The other casualties are Zach Barth, a Congressional staffer as well as Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, and Sen. Jeff Flake said Mika was the most seriously injured. House Speaker Paul Ryan also identified two members of the Capitol Police who were injured, Krystal Griner and David Bailey.
Update: According to the hospital Scalise is in critical condition. This is according to the Twitter feed for Medstar. Here is the tweet
Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition. The other patient is in good condition.
This is the second update: