Gunman shoots United States congressman, police at baseball practice

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Trump, who has been in office since January, also called for unity.

About 25 people had gathered for the Republican team's practice for an annual charity game, scheduled for Thursday night.

The hospital said after the surgery that Scalise remained in critical condition.

House Majority Whip Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip while five others, including two police officers, were injured by the gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, who was shot dead by the police. He is believed to have been in the Alexandria area since March 2017. A congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer were also wounded.

"The assailant has now died from his injuries", Trump announced from the White House. In 2010, Anthony Weiner, in center field, made a attractive catch with his back to home plate, and then, looking a little impressed with himself, "pointed his index finger like a gun", the Wall Street Journal recounted, "and blew the proverbial smoke off the tip". "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible". They're tasked with protecting the members, employees, visitors and facilities of Congress, according to their website.

The shooting incident, which appeared to target Republican lawmakers and aides, is expected again to stir up debate on gun control regulations. "We need to come together as Americans and we really need to get back to a civil discourse, a civil dialogue, and work out these issues as we should".

The president praised Scalise as "a very good friend" and "a patriot", telling the legislator he had "not just the prayers of the entire city behind you, but the entire nation and frankly the entire world".

Out on the field, Representative Steve Scalise was hit by a bullet. "We are one family", he said.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign previous year.

In a statement, Garcetti said: "We should all be grateful for the many acts of heroism and compassion that saved lives this morning - and mindful of how this tragedy underscores the urgency of ending the epidemic of gun violence in America". All we would have had would have been baseball bats versus a rifle. A fourth victim, a former congressional aide, was hospitalized.

The shooting happened during a baseball practice for congressional Republicans.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater told a news conference that investigators were still "exploring all angles" and that it was too early to tell if the Republican lawmakers were deliberately targeted. Spotting Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, manager of the Democrats' team, he called out "Hey, Coach!" - and the two embraced.

Hodgkinson's social media posts displayed strong anti-Trump sentiment. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time.

The team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Brooks said the Scalise "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". Scalise was able to drag himself away.

He would also not confirm a report by CBS that the gunman used a high-powered semi-automatic assault rifle.

Someone yelled to get in the dugout - and LaVor dove for cover. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Two lawmakers at the scene, Representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan, said the apparent shooter asked them who was practising and they'd confirmed it was Republicans. The man thanked him.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee passed the shooter on his way into the dugout to hide.

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