Trump calls for unity after Scalise shooting

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2017

Trump said in statement earlier that the White House was "deeply saddened by this tragedy".

The shooter is in police custody, according to CNN.

Two individuals were taken to a local hospital and are listed in critical condition, according to hospital officials.

DeSantis, who was at the practice, said he had a unusual encounter with a man moments before the shooting.

President Donald Trump decried the shooting of a top House Republican as a "very, very brutal assault" and called for all Americans to set aside differences and pray for the recovery of the victims. He continued, "I wanted to get to Steve Scalise, laying out there in the field, but while there were bullets flying overhead, I couldn't".

The other injuries, including those of two police officers, are reported to be non-life-threatening.

Instead of standing near House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip while playing second base, he was in his office on Capitol Hill.That's because Costello had missed his ride to the field. Brooks says Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq, used scissors to cut Scalise's trousers to get to his wound. Some Capitol Police officers were also at the scene.

Rep. Shimkus reacts to the tragic shooting in Alexandria, VA. where his Washington D.C. roommate Rep. Steve Scalise.

"I look up and there is a guy with a gun blasting away", said Brooks.

A shooting at a park in Virginia, US has left five people injured, including prominent congressman Steve Scalise. He said he heard at least 30 shots and got down on the ground, but couldn't see the shooter.

Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter.

A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked vehicle and drew a handgun, according to Filous.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted "our thoughts and prayers are with all affected", shortly after learning about the shooting. U.S. Capitol Police, who always accompany House leaders, were quickly joined by Alexandria police - returning fire on the gunman who reportedly was using the dugout as his bunker.

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