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BREAKING: Gunman Attacked Republicans

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Written by Joe Scudder

Opening fire at a baseball field, a gunman attacked Republicans, wounding but not killing anyone.

This morning the internet news is filled with headlines saying a gunman attacked Republicans. My twitter feed is full of allegations that the gunman specifically asked, at some point, about the politics of the people on the field, making sure they were Republicans and not Democrats. I also heard it on CNN just now but I don’t know if they are acknowledging the story or substantiating it.

The Washington Post reports, “GOP baseball shooting: Lawmaker Scalise wounded, one person in custody.

A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on a baseball practice at a park in Alexandria involving Republican members of Congress, injuring several people including at least one lawmaker, Steve Scalise, the majority whip, according to police and a congressman.

Alexandria police would confirm only that a shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park had occurred and that one person was in custody.

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), in an interview with The Washington Post, confirmed early details. King said Capitol Police confirmed the account to him.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told The Post that Capitol Police officers walked into the congressional gym around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and told members about the shooting and said Scalise had been shot.

Scalise, from Louisiana, is the third-highest ranking House Republican and has a round-the-clock Capitol Police detail.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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