During a batting practice for a charity baseball game at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria (Virginia) a gunman shot and injured four Republican members of Congress today morning.
Among the injured is Stephen Joseph Scalise, the current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative of Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District. Scalise was shot in the hip. He is hospitalized and in stable condition. According to sources, the other victims of the shooting are expected to survive as well.
The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson (66) from Belleville (IL), was shot during a confrontation with security / police force and hospitalized. He has since died. Based on his Facebook account, Hodgkinson was a contractor and the owner of a home inspection business. He was a supporter of Bernie Sanders and opposed the Trump presidency.
President Trump expressed the Nation’s gratitude for the swift action of Alexandria’s police and his support for survivors of the shooting.
Senator Bernie Sanders condemned the shooting.
Political differences aside, violence has no place in politics. Violence is not a way to resolve differences.
In a statement Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed his thoughts on the shooting in Alexandria:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the civilians and officers wounded in today’s shooting in Alexandria. The senselessness of this burst of violence is only compounded by the fact that it struck as Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were practicing for one of Washington’s great bipartisan traditions. We should all be grateful for the many acts of heroism and compassion that saved lives this morning — and mindful of how this tragedy underscores the urgency of ending the epidemic of gun violence in America.”
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich