Police arrest man over Virginia shooting

Congressman Steve Scalise and his aides were shot in the incident

Police arrest man over Virginia shooting

Policemen work at the site of the gunshot | Image: PA images

Updated at 15:31

President Donald Trump recently said that the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries.

Trump said Wednesday morning that the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died. The assailant had recently been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.

Police in Virginia made one arrest after a US congressman Steve Scalise was shot at a baseball practice in northern Virginia

It's understood a total of five people were hurt in the shooting.The shots were reported at 7:30 a.m. local time this morning near a YMCA.

Fellow Republican Mo Brooks, Representative for Alabama, said the majority whip from Louisiana was on the ground with "a hip wound".

He said other people were also shot, including two police officers. Mr Brooks told CNN Mr Scalise "was not able to move on his own power".

"He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on," he said.

Police confirmed they were investigating a shooting involving several people.

Mr Scalise is said to be in a stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. Police have confirmed they were investigating a shooting involving several people.

Witness Katie Filous said she heard more than 20 shots while walking her dogs near the playing field.
She said the shooting went on for "quite a while".

A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked car and drew a handgun, according to Filous. She said the officer was then evacuated by helicopter.

A statement issued by President Donald Trump said the situation was being monitored.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected," it said.

Additional reporting from IRN.