Donald Trump decries shooting of top Congressman, calls for unity

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Police said the accused gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, had taken a position behind a fence near the baseball diamond.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown called the scene where Congressman Steve Scalise was shot "stable" and said there was not an additional threat.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was transported to a Washington hospital and was undergoing surgery.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, is known for his love of baseball and the late-night meals he often serves his colleagues in his office near the Capitol's ornate Statuary Hall. Mika was shot several times and was in critical condition, his family said in a statement.

"We were scared", Mr Flieschmann said, as they were ushered by armed police officers toward a nearby bus. The second injured congressman was not identified.

Deputies last encountered Hodgkinson at his Belleville, Ill., home on March 24, when a neighbor reported gunshots fired in the area, Watson said. In 2006, he was charged with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle.

In a statement earlier, Mr. Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely. Last year, he volunteered for the Democratic campaign of Sen.

In light of Wednesday's attack, now is the time to prioritize civility and tone down our rhetoric. "This was a horrific act and I commend Capitol Police for their bravery and efforts which likely saved many lives.I joined my colleagues today on the House floor as a sign that we are Americans first". Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society.

"Only constitutional office holders are given (security) details", said Rep. Joseph Crowley of NY, the Democratic Caucus chairman.

We also commend the fearless first responders from Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue who rushed to the scene. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

"So we finally got - somebody said that the gunman was down".

Although both parties have had their share of hot and cold streaks, overall the game has been remarkably even, with each side having won 38 games (with one tie). He also was not at the practice.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was at the batting cages during the shooting and told MSNBC, "There was a rapid succession of shots, you know five or 10 shots".

As majority whip, Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in the House.

America is at its greatest when Republicans and Democrats are working together to move our nation forward, because at the end of the day we all pledge allegiance to the same flag and sing the same national anthem before every baseball game.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings in the United States, Wednesday's attack is the 154th mass shooting this year.

The Congressional Baseball game for charity will take place as planned on Thursday.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, two Capitol police officers, a lobbyist and a legislative aide were wounded as lawmakers, some fighting back tears, sought to understand what had happened and why.

About 25 senators and congressmen were at the practice, according to Senator Jeff Flake who told reporters some 50 shots rang out in the exchange of fire between the gunman and the lawmakers' security detail, at around 6:30 am (1030 GMT).

"[Scalise] goes down but is moving, and is crawling towards the outfield".

Rep. Mo Brooks said he was on deck at a practice for the congressional baseball team when the shooting occurred.

In the wake of the shooting, the House of Representatives canceled legislative business for the day, and security was increased around the White House.

Hodgkinson's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. On March 22, he posted "Trump is a Traitor".

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