Rep. Scalise shot in Virginia

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Hospital officials said Wednesday afternoon that Scalise was in critical condition. He was administered multiple units of blood transfusions and will require additional operations, hospital representatives said. Another lawmaker and police officer also received minor "secondary" injuries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said at a Wednesday evening news conference. The second injured congressman was not identified.

Despite the shooting on Wednesday that injured several members of Congress, the game is still scheduled to be played on Thursday at Nationals Park.

According to both congressional and law enforcement sources, the shooting appears to be a "deliberate attack". In 2006, he was charged with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle.

Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity.

"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely", President Donald Trump said in a statement.

Congress came together afterward in a bipartisan show of solidarity. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society.

The New York Times ran a story Wednesday that included a photograph which showed Hodgkinson protesting outside an IL post office in 2012, with a sign that read, "Tax the rich".

The gunman, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was wounded by Capitol Police and later died. Many have credited the U.S. Capitol Police for effectively engaging with the gunman, using their pistols against his rifle - a decidedly uneven matchup across a wide open space.

"We have a bond beyond just the managers of the baseball teams", Barton said, adding that members should meet to discuss the issue of partisan rancor "because what happened this morning was unconscionable". "We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Several Democrats were practicing at a different field when they heard the news, and immediately gathered to pray for their wounded colleague.

Congressman Steve Scalise - the number three Republican in the House of Representatives and a strong supporter of U.S. gun rights - underwent surgery after being shot in the left hip. Some Capitol Police officers were also at the scene.

Wednesday's shooting revived debate about gun rights in America.

Lawmakers say the game will go on tomorrow, as planned.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., attended the practice and said he heard "at least 50 or 60 shots" - and that Scalise was on second base when he was hit. They attended to a wounded staff member who had been shot in the leg, he said, and then laid back down in the dugout.

The San Diego congressional delegation - none of whom were at the shooting scene - took to Twitter shortly after the shooting.

"Asking you to join me in prayer for @SteveScalise, @CapitolPolice, their staff & others at the Congressional baseball game practice this AM", Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, tweeted.

Brooks also told the network that he watched as "a Capitol security guy who had already been shot, who had helped take down the shooter, came limping over to us in the outfield, totally ignoring his own wounds to check on the person he was primarily responsible for - Steve Scalise being a part of the House leadership team".

According to his social media, Mr. Hodgkinson was an avid supporter of US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and a hater of President Donald Trump.

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