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Mass Shooting in Virginia: Witnesses Say Gunman Opened Fire on Members of Congress

Written by Wamiq Ali

A congressman has been wounded in a mass shooting after he was having a baseball practice at a park in Alexandria, Va. Five people were wounded at the spot due to the mass firing.

House Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and was in critical condition. He underwent a surgery due to which doctors were hopeful that he would survive. When Scalise was shot, other congressmen and senator Jeff Flake rushed to the site to help Scalise.

Two capital police agents along with congressional staffer were also injured in the incident. One of the Rep. Roger Williams assistants was injured in the mass firing. Williams confirmed assistant’s injury, named Zack Barth, in a tweet, mentioning,

I now can confirm that Zack Barth, who is a legislative correspondent in my office, was shot this morning at baseball practice.

Barth too mentioned about his injury in a tweet and confirmed about his wellness.

I got shot this morning at the baseball fields but I am in the hospital and okay.

House Speaker Paul Ryan sent well wishes to the injured. It’s officially confirmed that Scalise, Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey and Special Agent Krystal Griner are the victims of the attack.

President Trump gave a statement about the attacker, announcing him as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66-year-old, from Illinois. Law enforcement agencies have reported James to be dead in a police shootout. As people were mourning over the injured, a profile emerged on Facebook which was believed to be of James T. Hodgkinson and it contained a picture of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders along with a post saying, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

White house after the incident released a statement urging people for the unity and condemned the attackers.

James Hodgkinson holds a sign during a protest outside of a United States Post Office

James Hodgkinson picture found on his profile

Police evacuating the victims of the mass shooting site

Trump also praised about the bravery of the police officers who were on duty at the site when attackers came and opened fire. He said that despite officers receiving gun wounds they were resilient enough to ensure common people safety. If it weren’t for them more people would have been injured.

Trump also sent condolences to the Scalise wife and said that he is with them in this hour of need. He also stated that there may be differences among them but still, above all he worked for the growth of USA.

The horrible incident took place at around 7 am in the morning before Thursday night’s charity match which was scheduled to be played between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park. The eyewitnesses watched a scary sight in which Scalise got hit by a bullet in the hip while he was trying to get away from the danger zone on the baseball field. A lot of people got injured on the site.

FBI reported that it’s quite early to give details about the incident. It’s yet unclear who was the target and what was the actual plan of the attackers.

An eyewitness says that at first, it was a loud sound like a gunshot and shortly after that a succession of gunfires. It seemed like he had a large rifle obviously of automated nature.

The dynamics of the attack (Credits: CNN)

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