President Donald Trump delivered a televised statement after a baseball field shooting left several people, including a member of Congress, injured Wednesday morning.
Speaking from the Diplomatic Reception Room at 11:36 a.m. EST, the president confirmed that the suspect in the shooting, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, died after sustaining injuries. GOP Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, two Capitol police officers sustained injuries, and others were wounded.
“Congressman Scalise is a friend, a very good friend,” Trump said. “He's a patriot, and he's a fighter. He will recover from this assault, and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers, not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation and frankly, the entire world.”
Based on several accounts, Hodgkinson is suspected of shooting at Republican members of Congress, their children, their staff, and Capitol police gathered on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. The members were practicing for Thursday's annual Congressional Baseball Game fundraiser held at Nationals Stadium in Washington. The FBI is leading the investigation into the shooting.
The president relayed that he spoke with Scalise's wife, as well as Chief of Capitol Police Matthew Verderosa. The president has also spoken to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Congressman Scalise's chief of staff. Vice President Mike Pence has also spoken with Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as well as several members of Congress and staff present during the incident.
The White House has canceled the rest of the day's public events in the wake of the shooting. The House has canceled votes for the remainder of the Wednesday session, but Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game is expected to go forward.