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US House majority whip shot at congressional baseball practice

14 Jun 2017 | Written by Shikha Chaudhry; Edited by Gogona Saikia
US: Gunman shoots Congressman Steve Scalise in Virginia

US House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been shot in the hip by a rifle-armed gunman who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia.

Multiple Congressional aides were also hit, including one who was shot in the chest.

US Capital Police shot the gunman, apprehended him and took him to hospital.

In context: US: Gunman shoots Congressman Steve Scalise in Virginia

14 Jun 2017US House majority whip shot at congressional baseball practice

DetailsScalise has important leadership role in US government

Sources told Fox News that the shooting began at 7:15 am local time and lasted around 10 minutes.

Scalise, as House majority whip, has a crucial leadership role both in the Republican party and the US government and was given a security detail.

Representative Mo Brooks, who was at the scene, reportedly stopped Scalise's bleeding by using a belt as a tourniquet.

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Congressman Steve Scalise, shot at Virginia baseball practice, critical

15 Jun 2017Congressman Steve Scalise, shot at Virginia baseball practice, critical

Congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot at a baseball practice in Virginia, is critical, said the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

A Congressional aide, a lobbyist and a cop were also wounded in the firing. Another twisted an ankle.

Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, had severe bleeding, broken bones and injuries to internal organs.

He has undergone surgery, but would need more.

GunmanShooter had "strong views" against Republicans

The shooter has been identified as 66-year-old James T Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, a Bernie Sanders supporter.

He had a criminal history, including battery, aiding damage to a motor vehicle and speeding. The first two had been dismissed.

His Facebook page showed much anti-Republican activity; in March, he wrote, "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co."

Hodgkinson died in retaliatory firing by police.

No place for violence in our society, says Sanders

Senator Sanders released a statement condemning the "despicable" act. "I have been informed the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened," he said, adding, "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society."