At least four people were injured in a shooting in Alexandria, VA at the GOP practice for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional aid, and two police officers. The shooting lasted approximately ten minutes before the assailant, named as James T. Hodgkinson by the Washington Post, was incapacitated by the police. The shooter has since died. Scalise is in stable condition and is undergoing surgery for his injuries.
Were it not for the presence of Scalise, the results could have been far worse, since as a member of leadership he has a security detail that was critical in protecting the participants. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said in an interview with Fox & Friends shortly after the attack that “I think we’re lucky Scalise was there because this was his security detail and without them, it would have been a massacre.” Quick thinking on the part of other congressmen may have also saved lives, as Alabama Representative Mo Brooks used his belt as a makeshift tourniquet and Ohio congressman Brad Wenstraup helped minimize blood loss until Scalise could be sent to the hospital.
The motives behind the shooting are still unknown, however Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, who left the practice shortly before the shooting began, said that he was approached by a man who asked whether it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. The shooting occurred 3 minutes later.
The FBI is investigating the shooting, and this story will be updated as more information emerges.