Updates from the late morning law enforcement press briefing in Alexandria:
Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown:
“This is not an active incident, the city is safe. We have an active investigation but I want to reassure the community here in Alexandria that the city is safe.”
“Because this case involves an assault on a federal officer, the FBI will be taking over the investigation.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who were involved from the Alexandria Police Department, they did an outstanding job.”
Capitol Hill Police Chief Matthew Verderosa:
“My units of our dignitary protection were on sight with a congressional protectee [Steve Scalise], when we the incident occurred. They did engage in gunfire with the suspect and were assisted by the Alexandria police.
“The US Capitol hill police officers who were injured are in good condition and have not suffered any life threatening injuries at this point”
FBI Agent Tim Slater:
“It’s too early to say right now” whether the shooting constitutes an act of terrorism. “We are exploring all angles”
Slater would not confirm whether the members of congress were targeted for that reason or not, or any other details about the shooter, the weapon, or questions he may have asked.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe:
“I want to compliment members of the US capitol police for their extraordinary quick action. Through their heroic action and others, they saved a lot of lives today.”
The AP is reporting that the suspected shooter has been identified as Illinois man James T. Hodgkinson by at least one government official. The Guardian cannot independently confirm the name of the individual who is in custody and receiving medical attention.
.@RepJoeBarton and his sons board the subway in the Capitol after a shooting at the Republican’s baseball practice in Va. #baseballshooting
Our David Smith is on the scene of the shooting and talking to local residents:
Megan Hacala, a fitness professional, said nothing like this had happened before in the neighborhood. “It’s a peaceful place. A lot of baseball is played. There’s a dog park right next to the field. It’s just sad.”
A growing band of reporters, photographers and TV crews are gathered behind police tape at the corner of DeWitt and Monroe Avenues, close to the redbrick Anglican Catholic Church: St Andrew & St Margaret of Scotland. It is affluent neighbourhood of detached redbrick houses, front porches, neat lawns and trees.
One resident of the street, who did not wish to be named, came out on her front path to view the commotion. She said she walked by the baseball field every day and described it as a safe area where locals walk their dogs.