Congressional ballgame goes on despite shooting

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

"(Scalise) was critically injured and remains in critical condition", MedStar Washington posted on its Twitter account.

Members of Congress applauded the decision to play ball after a gunman opened fire during practice Wednesday morning, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, congressional aide Zack Barth of Houston, and several others.

Photo of James Hodgkinson, identified as the Alexandria shooter.

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The officers were part of the team that protects high-ranking members of Congress. Scalise is third in line in the leadership of the House.

Steve Scalise, 51, the No.3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was shot in the hip and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

"The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", a statement said.

"He will require additional operations".

Two weeks ago, the Capitol police dispatched two officers to the Houston district of Rep. Al Green, D-Texas. He hit Steve Scalise", Barton said, "Scalise's security detail and the Capitol Hill police immediately returned fire, and Alexandria Police also immediately came and began to return fire. "Someone tried to run Rep. (David) Kustoff off the road with her vehicle, and now a man seemingly attempted to assassinate several members of Congress at a baseball practice", said Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La. "He will recover from this assault - and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world".

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the gunman was apparently a volunteer for his campaign previous year. Bernie Sanders. He even worked on Sanders' campaign during the election. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sanders said.

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will go on as scheduled Thursday night. "All we would have had would have been baseball bats versus a rifle".

"We've got to get back to ... where things aren't so personal and we're so judgmental of each other". "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said.

Wednesday's shooting took place just after 7:00 am (1100 GMT) as the Republican team practiced for the charity showdown.

Congressmen at the ballpark described hearing loud noises like firecrackers and 15 to 20 people on the ground. "I thought it was a construction site dropping a large piece of metal and then the next thing I heard was, 'Run, he's got a gun, '" Davis told CBS News.

Alexandria police chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived within minutes and engaged Hodgkinson, together with Capitol Police officers.

"I'm shaken up", Duncan said. "My colleagues were targeted today by someone that wanted to kill them". "And we're going to play baseball tomorrow". Hodgkinson was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, and police said he later died.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", his office said in a statement.

The conservative from the southern state of Louisiana is a firm supporter of USA gun rights.

In one early sign of the new pro-gun environment, Congress in February passed a resolution to block a rule that would have kept guns out of the hands of certain people with mental disorders.

A House Democratic aide said it was his understanding that Agent Bailey was not shot, but had twisted his ankle during the attack.

"I'm a little bit pessimistic that anything is going to change".

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