LUBBOCK, TX - President Donald Trump said the gunman who opened fire on members of Congress Wednesday morning near Washington D.C., James T. Hodgkinson, died.
Officers returned fire on Hodgkinson, according to media accounts, after he shot Congressman Steve Scalise and other people during a baseball practice at a Virginia park.
Media reports said five people were injured – two of them critically.
Lubbock’s Congressman, Jodey Arrington, said, “I greatly appreciate everyone's concerns. My team and I are all safe.”
Arrington also said, “Please join me in praying for my friend Congressman Steve Scalise, all involved, and their loved ones. I am grateful to our Capitol Police; their heroism and bravery saved lives this morning.”
Congressman Mike Conaway of Midland said, “This morning, a gunman opened fire at the GOP's 2017 Congressional Baseball Game for Charity practice. I am unharmed, but others, including Majority Whip Scalise, were shot. Please keep them in your prayers today.”
Congressman Mac Thornberry issued this statement:
My thoughts and prayers are with those that were wounded in this morning’s horrible attack. Sally, my staff, and I are all safe. Today is a day to thank police officers around the country and hug their loved ones for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe every day. Without the Capitol police officers’ bravery this morning the results may have been different. They are heroes.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz reacted to the shooting by saying, “Praying for our friends, colleagues, and all hurt or impacted by today's terrible shooting.”
Reporter Anna Wiernicki is tracking developments in Washington D.C.
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