Trump, first lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

The shooter, identified as a 66-year-old IL man who had vented at Republicans on social media, fired repeatedly at the baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, Reuters reported.

"We prayed as a team for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Capitol police and staff that were shot", Ruiz said.

Scalise is out of his first surgery, according to a Scalise aide.

A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also injured. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy.

Is it too naive to hope this will be a turning point - that this shooting will shock us out of complacency and acceptance? We are united in our anguish. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, to prolonged applause. We're still trying to learn what led him to carry out the attack this morning. Giffords said in a statement that she was "heartbroken" for Scalise and the other victims.

"Anytime there's a tragedy, it just once again amplifies the problem with gun violence in our country", said Lucy McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot to death four years ago in a dispute over loud music. Everybody thought, that sounds like a gun. "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field", the Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN. He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Representative Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, before being transported to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Several are from California, including Rep. Doug LaMalfa of Richvale, who is on the Republican team but wasn't at Wednesday's practice. Brooks was on deck when the shooting started. "And I see a little bit of a body", Brooks said. They have a rifle. Barton is the baseball team's manager. "At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream".

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover.

BENNETT: Scalise was struck in the hip. He said a security detail shot back at the shooter and that there were at least 50 to 100 shots fired. "Many have been shot, but a lot like me got bloody running for cover", he said.

CHIEF MICHAEL BROWN: We were there within three minutes.

Lawmaker Jeff Duncan said he was leaving the practice when he was approached by a man he later learned was the shooter, who asked if the team was Republican or Democrat before heading toward the field.

JEFF DUNCAN: As we were walking through the parking lot to our vehicle, we were approached by a gentleman who asked if the team on the field was the Republican or the Democrat team.

"We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good", the president said. And there was nothing earth-shattering about it. People are walking dogs.

BENNETT: Joe Moskovitz was inside that YMCA.

Two Capitol police officers who were there to provide security for the lawmakers engaged the gunman with pistols, Brooks said.

The commissioner of Major League Baseball on Wednesday threw his support behind congressional members' decision to move forward with a charity baseball game in the wake of a shooting at a GOP baseball practice.

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