One person has died and ten are injured in an attack il Finsbury, North London, last night. As London is still coming to terms with two terrorist attacks and a major fire disaster, the city was struck again at around midnight yesterday as a van driver ploughing his car into pedestrians.
The incident happened around Finsbury park in North London as worshippers left a North London Mosque. As soon as he drove his vehicle into un suspecting pedestrians, he apparently tried to make a get away but was quickly pulled out of the vehicle by people around the scene of the incident. Police has confirmed that the target of this attack are Muslims as many of those attacked had just left prayers at a Muslim Welfare House after breaking their Ramadan fast
People also ran to the aid of the man who so far is the only one who has lost his life as a result of this tragic act. Police have commended the restraint shown by members of the public who held the attacker. A mob gathered and the man could have been killed or badly hurt but a Mosque leader who intervened.
Police have confirmed the name of the man as 47 year old Darren Osborne from Cardiff. Darren Osborne's next door neighbour said that he had racially abused their son at the weekend.
Khadijh Sherazi who is a Muslim has never had any problems with him or his family until this weekend. Nadeem, her 12-year-old son said: I was on my bike and he just came up to me and said ‘in-bred’. Just out there [on the road]. It was just a normal voice. He just said it.
A US congressman has been injured by a gun man. He was shot by policemen guarding the Congressman and he died later in hospital. He had opened fire on Republicans at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia. Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the left hip. Three people also suffered gun shot wounds. The Congressman, who is the House Majority Whip and the third most powerful GOP member of the House, had to drag himself to safety after he was hit amidst a hale of bullets according to witnesses.
Law enforcement officers said that the shooter had asked, '' are these the Republicans or Democrats?" The gunman named by security services as James T Hodgkinson was a volunteer worker for Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign. Sanders released a statement condemning the action of the gunman. In the statement, he said, "...I am sickened by this act. Let me be clear as I can be, violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".
Hodgkinson, 66, owned a home inspection business. He writes in his local paper, the Belleville News was very critical of the Republicans and their policies. Hodgkinson posted severally on social media his dislike for Donald Trump and reportedly volunteered on political campaigns for Bernie Sanders.
Scalise's office said in a statement. "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues." Congressman Scalise is in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone". He had since had an an operation and is in critical but stable condition.
President Trump described Scalise as a "patriot and a fighter". He said "many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault."
House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed the officers' identities as Krystal Griner and David Bailey: "We are, as ever, awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol Police". Ryan said of Scalise's shooting: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
A gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington early on Wednesday, wounding several people including House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise before being taken into custody, police and witnesses said.
Five people were transported medically from the scene in Alexandria, the city's police chief, Michael Brown told reporters. Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, witnesses said.
In a dramatic blow-by-blow account, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN the gunman was armed with a rifle and appeared to be a white male.
Brooks said he saw the man only for a second, and that he was shooting from a chain link fence behind the third base position on the field where the congressional group was holding an early morning morning practice ahead of a game against Democrats this week.
"There must have been 50 to 100 shots fired," he told CNN. "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream. He was shot," said Brooks, adding he helped apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg.
"One of our security detail was shooting back, but it was our pistol versus the shooter's rifle," Brooks said. "The only weapon I had was a baseball bat."
Republican Senator Jeff Flake told local ABC-TV Scalise was shot in the left hip. Flake said the gunman was shot.
U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter message that Scalise, "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."
Scalise's position as whip in the Republican-controlled House makes him one of the most senior figures in Congress. He is a representative from Louisiana.
The group were practicing for the annual Democrats versus Republicans congressional baseball game that was scheduled to be played on Thursday.
"It's pretty well known in the neighborhood who those folks are on the baseball field," Brooks said. "It's not a secret we are practicing ... He was going after elected officials."