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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