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BREAKING: Shooter at congressional baseball game dead

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ABC 7 News reported “multiple shooting” in the 400 block of E. Monroe Street. The suspect is “believed in custody,” ABC reported, according to Alexandria police. GOP Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Police officers were shot, according to multiple reports. A reporter from Fox News also tweeted that staffers were hit.

UPDATE: 12:00 ET

President Donald Trump reports the shooter is dead. Police report that the suspect that fired at a Republican staffers and Congressmen at baseball practice Wednesday morning is a man from Illinois. The suspect has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, IL.

Hodgkinson owns a home inspection business. State records show his license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, .

Belleville police and the FBI went to Hodgkinson’s home in Belleville Wednesday morning.

Suspect’s home

The Washington Post talked to an acquaintance of Hodgkinson saying they went to Iowa to campaign for Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, and described him as a “passionate progressive” and showed no signs of violence.

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued this statement about the shooting:

“Our prayers go out for a full recovery of Rep. Scalise, the congressional aides and police officers who were injured. We’ve got to stop the violence.”

Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police force were shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia. Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.

As of 9:45 a.m. ET, Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery, according to a statement from his office.

UPDATE: 8:31 ET

Representative Steve Scalise and two police officers were shot after a gunman ran onto a baseball field and opened fire.

According to CBS News, the team was practicing for an annual bipartisan baseball game when the incident happened.

A witness told the station after he was shot in the hip, Scalise had to crawl to the dugout to get away from the shooter who reportedly fired up to 50 shots before he himself was shot.

All of those injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

This is a developing story.

–This breaking news report was last updated at 8:00 a.m.

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A WWII Veteran and and political office holder, Myron has been serving his community since 1943. He continues to participate in public discourse as a political writer on several Conservative journals and news sites.

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