Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Congress members to play Congressional charity baseball game despite Wednesday shooting

Congress members to play Congressional charity baseball game despite Wednesday shooting

When Mr Scalise was shot, he went down on the infield between first and second base, then dragged himself into the grassy outfield as the incident unfolded, with a trail of blood following, Mr Brooks said.

Their surprise visit at a city hospital came late last night after the gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire during the practice session in Alexandria, Virginia yesterday.

Scalise was shot in the hip and is now in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he underwent surgery.

Trump also met with other Capitol police officers who have gathered at the hospital and thanked them for their service.

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Representative Jeff Duncan told how he had encountered the apparent gunman in the auto park who asked him which party's lawmakers were on the field.

In the wake of the shooting, Trump spoke over the phone with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Scalise's wife and his chief of staff, as well as the Capitol Police chief. "His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the hospital statement said.

The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson III, a 66-year-old white male from IL, opened a barrage of gunfire at a congressional baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday, June 14th he and the vice president are "deeply saddened" by news of a shooting "tragedy" at a congressional baseball game.

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Police audio obtained by media recorded a flood of frantic calls: "Shots being fired".

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. "I think most Democrats would tell you that they like Steve Scalise very much".

America is praying for all the victims of this awful shooting, Mr Trump said, describing it as a "very, very brutal assault".

"It's a miracle that he didn't hit Congressman Kelly, I believe that was his initial target", Palmer said. "Otherwise we would just be a bunch of guys out there on a normal morning, practicing", said Rep.

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"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.

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