A man armed with a rifle opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen practising for an annual charity baseball game on Wednesday, wounding Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, and four others.
At 7.09am, police in Alexandria, Virginia, received a 911 emergency call reporting a shooting at a local baseball field. Units were on the scene within three minutes, according to Chief Mike Brown.
President Donald Trump announced in a televised address that the gunman had died of wounds sustained when Capitol Police officers assigned to protect Mr Scalise returned fire. Both officers were wounded.
“They attacked the shooter and that saved our lives,” Rep Joe Barton, still wearing his red baseball uniform, told reporters a few hours later. Senator Rand Paul told CNN it would have been “a massacre” had it not been for the presence of the security detail.
“他们朝枪手射击，救了我们，”仍身着红色棒球服的议员乔?巴顿(Joe Barton)在几小时后告诉记者。参议员兰德?保罗(Rand Paul)告诉美国有线新闻网(CNN)，要不是有警卫员在场，这件事将酿成“一场屠杀”。
Mr Scalise underwent surgery at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, which said on Wednesday afternoon he “was critically injured and remains in critical condition”.
斯卡利塞在医疗之星华盛顿医院中心(MedStar Washington Hospital Center)接受了手术。该中心周三下午表示，“他的伤势很重，仍处于危急状态”。
Several US media outlets, all quoting law enforcement sources, identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who owned a home inspection business.