ABC, CBS, NBC send anchors to DC to cover GOP baseball shooting

ABC, CBS, NBC send anchors to DC to cover GOP baseball shooting
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The three major broadcast networks will send their evening news anchors to Washington, D.C., to host their nightly news shows closer to the location of Wednesday morning’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice.

Lester Holt of "NBC Nightly News," Scott Pelley of "CBS Evening News" and David Muir of ABC's "World News Tonight" will all broadcast out of Washington Wednesday night, instead of from their usual anchor desks in New York. 

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President Trump said Wednesday the alleged gunman died after being shot by police. Five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and two Capitol Police officers, were injured.

“Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries,” Trump said in a statement from the White House.

Trump said Scalise was “badly wounded” but is in “stable condition” after undergoing surgery at a local hospital.

The shooter has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. Hodgkinson reportedly volunteered in Iowa for Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders ally pushes Dems on cutting superdelegates Sanders: ‘Trump's agenda is dead’ if Democrats win back majority Hannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign. 

Sanders in a statement said he was sickened by the act.

The major cable news networks — Fox News, CNN and MSNBC — have carried wall-to-wall coverage of the shooting since it happened early Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va.

All are planning special extended coverage throughout the evening from Washington.