Shooter at congressional baseball practice, James Hodgkinson, is dead: Trump

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 17:42:03-04

WASHINGTON — The gunman who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, injuring the House majority whip, multiple aides and Capitol police, is dead, President Donald Trump says.

James T. Hodgkinson is seen in a social media photo obtained by CNN. He is accused of opening fire on a congressional baseball practice on July 14, 2017, injuring multiple people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was identified as the shooter by law enforcement sources, according to the Associated Press and CNN.

He opened fire at the Republican baseball practice around 7 a.m. Wednesday, shooting several people before engaging in a gun battle with police, officials say.

Shortly before noon, Trump announced Hodgkinson had died. Additional information was not provided.

Five people, including Hodgkinson, were hospitalized with varying injuries following the shooting, according to police.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip and has undergone surgery.

A "number of aides" and Capitol police officers were also shot, the AP reports.

Hodgkinson's motive remains unclear, but officials say he volunteered on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Democratic presidential campaign.

Sanders, (I-Vt.), says he is “sickened" by the gunman's "despicable act.”

“Let me be as clear as I can be — violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” Sanders says.

CNN and the Associated Press contributed to this report.