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Trump Announces Death of Alexandria Gunman, Promises Support for Those Injured

• June 14, 2017 12:53 pm

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that the gunman who hours earlier shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) and four others at a Republican practice for the annual congressional baseball game died of his wounds.

"The assailant has now died from his injuries," Trump said in a statement from the White House. "The FBI is leading the investigation and will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available."

Law enforcement officials identified James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. as the man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the charity baseball game in Alexandria, Va.

Police shot Hodgkinson after he fired at Scalise and four others who had come to the practice. Scalise's security detail engaged the shooter while police reinforcements followed, and the president credited them with saving lives.

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault," Trump said.

Scalise was shot in the hip but is in stable condition, according to his office. All of the victims have been transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

"Our brave Capitol Police performed a challenging job with incredible skill, and their sacrifice makes democracy possible," Trump said.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend and a very good friend. He's a patriot, and he's a fighter. He will recover from this assault," the president added.

"America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting," he said. "I spoke with Steve's wife, Jennifer, and I pledged to her our full and absolute support—anything she needs. We are with her and with the entire Scalise family."

"Melania and I are grateful for the heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims," Trump said.

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