US politician shot at baseball practice in critical condition after surgery

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Trump also called for unity. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, to prolonged applause.

"We prayed as a team for Whip Steve Scalise, Capitol Police and staff (who) were shot".

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa told reporters that both were "in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point".

Scalise was shot in the hip; his office says the lawmaker is now in stable condition and is undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He was shot in the hip. "I saw two people being carried away on stretchers".

Barth, a legislative correspondent in Rep. Roger Williams' (R-TX) office, said in a Facebook post that he was shot but is "in the hospital and okay".

Mika's family released a statement that identified him as an Oakland County, Mich., native who is the director of government relations at Tyson Foods.

Duncan said that as he left the field the man who would later open fire approached him in the parking lot.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments. The House canceled proceedings for the day.

So as of writing this story, he's thankful Scalise is still alive and is looking at the positives that come with tomorrow's congressional baseball game.

The annual Congressional baseball game will go on as planned Thursday night at Nationals Park in the U.S. capital.

"We couldn't get to him while there were shots", Flake said.

"A gentleman walked up to us and wanted to know whether there were Republicans or Democrats practising out there", Mr DeSantis told CNN. The president then tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

Bailey has been a Capitol Police officer for nine years.

"They were screaming, 'It's a shooter!"

Giffords‏ said in a statement: "This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy".

The shooter, wearing jeans and a blue shirt, methodically moved along the outside of the fence toward home plate, easing his way in their direction.

"If I thought about that, it would really bog you down. He had a rifle and I think he had an automatic pistol, but I wouldn't swear to it".

Video footage captured the moment that gunfire rang out at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field this morning, injuring Rep.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout.

Barton and his two sons escaped injury during the shooting.

Hodgkinson's brother Michael said he was angry over the election of Mr Trump and had travelled to Washington to protest.

"I've been in Congress 16 years", Flake said. Brooks said the shooter said nothing during the rampage.

Brooks estimated 50 to 100 shots were fired.

Scalise, a popular and gregarious lawmaker, is known for his love of baseball.

Nathan told ABC News that he had just arrived at the dog park when he heard the first shot.

"Congressman Duncan said that it was Republicans and then he immediately turned around and went towards the field".

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Mr Scalise was targeted. "Just two days ago, Steve and I were riding together to an event at the secretary of the interior's office, enjoying each other's company".

Senator Donnelly asks that everyone else out there take a second throughout their day to say a quick prayer to support everyone involved.

Congressional staffer Zack Barth, who was shot during the incident, has also been released from the hospital, according to a family spokesperson.

"I have no idea why anybody would do something like this", Donnelly said.

Bloomberg News on Wednesday reported that prior to the shooting, there was rising concern among members of Congress about threats and anger at town hall meetings. Scalise - the House Republican Whip - was traveling with a small security detail.

The last time a lawmaker was wounded was when Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.

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