ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, wounding House GOP Whipof Louisiana and as congressmen and aides dove for cover. The assailant, prepared with “a lot of ammo,” fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.
“This is a stable situation,” Michael Brown, chief of police for Alexandria, Virginia, told reporters. “At this point, there’s no additional threat. We consider this incident to be a closed incident under investigation.”
Authorities identified the gunman as, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.
Late Wednesday, the FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Timothy Slater held a joint press conference with Alexandria police to update its on-going investigation. He said the D.C. medical examiner determined Hodgkinson’s cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
“While the subject is deceased, we continue to actively investigate the shooter’s motives, acquaintances and whereabouts that led to today’s incident,” Slater said. The FBI is asking the public to come forward with any information about the gunman by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Deputy Fred Rogers said the chief commends the special agents who stepped in during the shooting. “Today we saw our our officers’ extensive training was put into action.”
Gunfire erupts in the background of the video, which was obtained by the New York Post. A player is seen frantically running off of the field as two men ask aloud whether anyone has notified authorities of the shooting.
Sen., I-Vermont, said on the Senate floor that the gunman apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign. Sanders said he was “sickened by this despicable act.”
Hodgkinson praised Sanders on social media, CBS News has learned. The FBI is going through his posts, mainly on Facebook, where he was highly critical of, calling him a traitor. The social media company said his two profiles have been removed from its platform.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, told reporters that he had interacted with the gunman Wednesday morning right before the shooting happened.
“I did have an interaction with someone in the parking lot who asked me if the team practicing was a Democrat or Republican team,” Duncan told reporters. “I told him they were Republicans. He said, ‘K, thanks,’ turned around. I got in the car and left, find out that my Republican colleagues were targeted by an active shooter today.”