Gunman Opens Fire At Congressional Baseball Practice

June 14, 2017

Washington, DC – Kendall Forward, OAN Political Correspondent

A lone gunman opened fire on a Republican Congressional baseball practice early Wednesday morning in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, VA, before being fatally shot by police.

Five people, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and a lobbyist and a Congressional aide were injured.

Witnesses and members credit Scalise’s security detail, assigned to him for his leadership role, for saving many lives, and say had they not been there it could have been a massacre.

The agents quickly took down the gunman, 66 year old James T. Hodgkinson, after he refused to drop his rifle.

The United States Capitol Police Chief, Matthew R. Verderosa released a statement commending the quick response of agents on scene: “I want to commend Special Agents Crystal Griner, David Bailey, and Henry Cabrera for their heroic and appropriate response in protecting the Members and others today during their practice for the Congressional baseball game.

“I’m grateful that Special Agent Griner is in good condition in the hospital having been shot in the ankle, and Special Agent Bailey was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident.”

Congressman Mo Brooks was standing near home plate and used his belt as a tourniquet for one of the victims. He says, had it not been for the capitol police, he and his fellow members would’ve been the next victims. “They had pistols he had a riffle. That’s not a fair fight. Both of them were wounded. The bravery they showed is just incredible.”

Witnesses say Hodgkinson asked whether it was the Republican or Democrat team playing before opening fire.

Hodkinson is a home inspector from Belleville, IL, who worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign. His social media is filled with his distaste for Republicans and the Trump Administration. He’s also a member of the Facebook group “Terminate the Republican Party.” FBI directors believe he has been living out of his car in Alexandria, VA since March.

Wednesday morning, Sanders vehemently denounced the acts of violence on the House Floor.

“I’m sickened by this despicable act and let me be clear as I can be; Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society.”

Alexandria Police rushed to the scene, which is usually a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by dog parks and children walking to school when 9-1-1 calls came in at 7:09 am.

Rep. Scalise was the first shot. Tysons Food lobbyist, Matt Mika and Legislative Correspondent for Rep. Roger Williams, Zach Barth were also shot. Mika was seriously injured.

Five people total including Hodgkinson were transported to area hospitals.

Another congressman and Agent Griner were taken for secondary injuries.

Rep. Joe Barton’s 10 year old son was also in the dugout when shots were fired.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-R), who was on the field says, “within moments there was a barrage of shots being fired. We hit the ground immediately and we didn’t exactly know where the shots were coming from it was loud it was constant we took refuge in the dugout.”

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-R) says he thinks the gunman “was targeting.” He likened it to a killzone and added, “ If it wasn’t for these two capitol police officers we wouldn’t be having this conversation today. “The second officer he left from behind the vehicle he tried to get a shot and he ended up getting shot.”

Republicans and Democrats have come together over the issue. Wednesday morning following the incident, Paul Ryan said, “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Leaders of both parties have said the game will go on Thursday night. It will take place at National’s Stadium. The game raises money for children’s charities in the Washington, D.C. area including the National’s Dream Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, and the Washington Literacy Center.

  • a voice of concern

    omg ………………………………………………….LOOK!
    The dems have reached the end of their highly agitated state of confusion!
    Incompetent people not only never know that they are incompetent AND they never seem to comprehend the difference between professional’s being patient and a Lack of Fortitude with absolute resolve.
    Just because they have purposely motivated their unhinged supporters to commit assassinations doesn’t mean they themselves are exempt from being assassinated.
    Once the ILLEGAL population is reduced to eliminate the 2 to 3% voting advantage on the two coasts, the dems will be all be thrown into the dumpster of history.
    I learned from TV consultants that your always supposed to start a statement by saying “LOOK”.

    GODSPEED PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP.

  • An Independent Patriot

    For all you gun control democrats, Congress and the Senate should pass a federal law that people taking psychiatric drugs should either banned from buying guns or take away guns from people that are taking them. The majority of people taking these dangerous psychotropic drugs have been involved in mass shootings because they have guns. So Congress and the Senate should pass a federal law which requires doctors that have certain patients, which are taking psychiatric drugs and have either a gun or a rifle or an assault rifle or a cache of guns, to report them to the FBI and local law enforcement. In the end, this federal law would force these psychiatric patients under the care of a doctor that have guns to turn them to law enforcement. I’m willing to bet big time that Hodgkinson was under the care of a psychiatrist and taking psychotropic drugs.

  • Vikram

    So much hate has been propagated by the evil prejudiced media that it is dividing the country. These Democrats and liberals are so prejudiced that they will not prosecute Hillary for destroying evidence, but will destroy Trump for firing an employee who works for him. What a shameful events in this country!!! If you let these leftists continue, this country will be like Venezuela.

  • Roy Beane

    Sooner or later violent thoughts and violent words inevitably lead to violent crimes, given enough time and the opportunity to harm others. And the Dems, the media, and the rest of that group just keep on spewing venom and hate thinking all the while that all of this is “just harmless talk” and exercise of their “free speech rights”?? To any reasonable thinking person the right to free speech clearly cannot be limitless —- even to the extent of encouraging and executing harm upon others. Obviously way too many in this nation do not understand that. Or simply don’t care to, for selfish reasons of their own.

  • Harly

    My question…how the hell do you carry a rifle out to a baseball field and no one notices until you start shooting…? Did he have it in an equipment bag?

  • America’s Race to the Bottom

    This incident is terrible for all concerned. However, it appears to be a wake up call for our useless lawmakers. At this time the only thing they are good at is investigating each other.
    It is a foul swamp down there and the system is do corrupt, it’s pathetic.
    I doubt Trump will be able to drain it, they are coming after him from all sides because they fear for their spoiled way of life. NOBODY should be “Serving” in government for 20, 30 or 40 years. It’s all part of a CORRUPTED system. The crooked, fake news media we have today is almost as much to blame.

    • olcurmudgeon

      trump cant drain it because he’s filling it with foul obnoxious waste.

  • Fight4theRight

    I am wondering if they would be able to kill him with baseball bats if left would implement their strict gun control.

  • RURC

    The saddest part in reality is the fact that as of 7PM last night (6-14-2017) the stated that “there is no evidence that republican congressmen were targeted”.

    How damn stupid is the FBI? Well it was ran by Comey and he is a ass clown as proven by his handling of Hillarygate. The shooter asked two congressmen that were in the parking lot “if it was the republicans practicing on the field” before he went and opened fire.

    The other part is did you ever realize that 9 out of 10 times these shootings are done by leftest (democrat/communist) people. They always try like hell to make them out to be right wing people but that almost always turns out to be false.

    • olcurmudgeon

      oh sure,

      Byron Williams, Dylan Roof, NRA card carrying whacko Adam Lanza Eric Rudolph, Tim McVeigh,Robert Doggart, douche on the Oregon train.

      on and on all right wingers. nice try

      After months of busily labeling lefties as special snowflakes, and cucks, and idiots who take a knife to a gun fight…we’re now to believe the left is a bunch of violent killers. …lol !

      • RURC

        They are. When you look at the history of these kinds of murders they are 9 times out of 10 performed by lefties. Its because they are snowflakes that they don’t have the spine to deal with likes ups and downs.

    • Max Kronader

      The FBI was ruined by Bill Clinton and his political streetwalker Louis Freeh, in the 1990s. In the time of one Presidential term, the FBI went from the most professional and widely respected law enforcement agency in the world to a political goon squad. It has never recovered. The same can be said for the BATF, DEA, and other fed LEAs. Serious thought should be given to disbanding them all and starting over from scratch.

  • cthej

    We await the full release of the file that the Southern Poverty Law Center had on this individual.

  • cthej

    Looks like the Left has re-armed. The Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Group, the Weather Underground. Before there was 9/11 and jihadism, there was Left terrorism. (The sort the previous President felt compelled to pardon.) Looks like they are baaaaack…. Dust off your Little Red Books and don the Kevlar. Prayers to all who were at that ball park.

  • thpomas sayles

    Any doubt that the constant drumbeat from the left calling on America to “resist” the Trump administration encourages left loonies to conduct attacks such as this? The louder the cry of the left that President Trump’s victory in November was “illegitimate”, the more entitled they feel in violent demonstrations of their anger. Tough road ahead for America, thanks to democrat supporters who just can’t accept defeat.

  • Uncle Roddy

    First, kudos to all EMS personnel. Sanders is a focking hypocrite just like the rest of the rats. He only said that to cover his tracks, just like THE HAG. I’m not wasting my time going back trying to find the old geezer’s documented rantings. I will simply state the article speaks for itself. Why did Bernie not condemn the Facebook group “Terminate the Republican Party, that this loose cannon is/was part of? Why does Bernie not condemn these campus riots where young minds have been brain-washed into doing what they do instead learning tolerance – what the democrat party claims to be all about? Exactly.

    • Trumpkin

      My dear Uncle Roddy, you hit it right on the head. Ironic how people become the intolerant, hateful murdering people they clam to be fighting. Energy can not be destroyed, it can only change form. Evil perpetuates more evil, but good perpetuates more good as well. Keep the faith! I believe God Blessed this country when Hillary was defeated! Loved your comments! Take Care.

  • grandmother5

    I don’t think it mattered who Hodgkinson shot. Why did he ask democrats or republicans? If the answer had been democrats I believe he would still shoot at them. How did he know they were practicing for the charity game? He was a Bernie Sanders fan. I think he wanted him for president. He ranted about President Trump, but I believe if Hillary had been elected he would have ranted about her. The news are saying he was after republicans. Not believing that. He was after who he thought beat Bernie out of a run for president. Another question what if the men said democrats when Hodgkinson ask democrats or republicans does anyone think he would have walked away? I don’t.

    • Disgusted Caucasian

      You couldn’t be more wrong. Wake up and face the fact that the demonrats want us all dead.

      • grandmother5

        I was wrong? Which part? I think the democrats are out to get rid of anyone that goes against them or gets in their way.

    • Trumpkin

      I can appreciate your point, my beef is not so much with you, as it is with the liberal spin the MSM puts on everything. I believe if Hillary was president he could have still committed this crime. I also believe the Republican Party and especially Donald Trump would some how been blamed for it. Thanks for your comment may God Bless.

      • grandmother5

        Thank you.

    • thpomas sayles

      Grandma either didn’t pay attention to the news reports or she is battling the early stage of old-timer’s disease. The shooter was a strident left wing supporter who worked in Bernie’s campaign. He asked to make sure he would be shooting republicans. See what “resist” can do to blind followers to the truth!

      • grandmother5

        thpomas sayles…..All I ask was if it had democrats would he have shot them? Which you didn’t answer. All you could do is say I was battling the early stage of old-timer’s disease. He was not a worker, no paycheck or did you miss that on the news. He volunteered for Bernie that also was in the news. Answer the next question if it had been democrats would he have shot them? I believe he would have shot them. Why you ask, because Hillary cheated Bernie out the race.

    • mkdavis

      If it didn’t matter why did he ask ?

      • grandmother5

        Maybe to make sure it was one or the other. Remember he liked Bernie Sanders. The democrats are the ones that knocked Bernie out of the running. Did you read that Hillary said she had to give money to the DNC, that was one of the reasons she lost the election?

        • mkdavis

          That is a possibility however f you add in he’s rants on FB and his emails,
          he directs all his anger at the GOP

        • Matt

          He campaigned for Sanders
          and then campaigned for Hillary

    • RURC

      IF you think that guy would have shot at democrats your really in need of education.

      • grandmother5

        RURC I said would he have shot a democrat. I said “I believe he would still shoot at them”. I don’t expect much of a story about him later, because he is dead. Of course there could be stories that’s not all true, maybe some things left out. I don’t believe 3/4 of the news. If you think I need more education, would you pay for it? BTW I’m not a liberal, so I guess you wouldn’t pay for my education.

        • RURC

          To be clear, you are wrong. This guy has be advocating the murder of republicans for months. It is very easy to get an education on this guy. Just look around. Not at the news just study him. He went there asking for REPUBLICANS not democrats or socialists just republicans.

    • Fight4theRight

      …”He’s also a member of the Facebook group “Terminate the Republican Party.”” – says it all.

      • grandmother5

        Fight4theRight. I hope to see all of his rants in the future, but I feel like that’s not going to happen. Don’t forget he wanted Bernie Sander for president.

        • RURC

          That also proves the guy was a hater of republicans. Every Sanders follower I have met thinks republicans should be strung up.