Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, who represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives, was among those present on Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire at a congresssional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC.  The shooting left Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana in critical condition; several others were injured.

Loudermilk issued the following statement on Wednesday evening about the incident:  “Today’s attack was a senseless act of evil and hatred.  I was there this morning, along with my Chief of Staff and, thankfully, he and I are okay.  If it hadn’t been for the two Capitol Police officers there, courageously protecting us and returning fire, I don’t know how many of us would still be here.  Many of my good friends were injured today.  Please pray for those who were shot and their families.  There were a lot of heroes out there today, and I’m thankful for God’s provision and protection.”

The shooter has been identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.  He is now dead.  Hodgkinson had a history of opposition to the Republican party and even worked at one time on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign; Sanders has denounced the shooter’s actions.

President Donald Trump called for unity in an address from the White House that followed the shooting.

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