Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Congressman Steve Scalise Shot in Mass Shooting at Virginia Baseball Practice

Congressman Steve Scalise Shot in Mass Shooting at Virginia Baseball Practice

"I was on deck about to hit batting practice on the third base side of home plate, and I hear a loud "bam, '" Brooks, who also said the shooter "appeared to be a white male", told CNN". 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.

Calling Scalise a "friend" and a "fighters", Trump said Scalise "will recover from this assault".

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among the shooting victims.

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The shooting took place during the Republican team's practice for an annual charity game against Democrats scheduled for Thursday. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said his officers were "in good condition" and their injuries were not life-threatening.

The shooter was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, the sources said. His office said just before 10 am that he was listed in stable condition.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told Fox News: "I do believe without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre".

The suspect, whom police did not identify in a late-morning statement, was taken into custody.

Michigan Congressman Mike Bishop said Scalise was standing on second base - located relatively in the middle of the field - when the gunman opened fire.

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"My gratitude goes to the courageous men and women who risked their lives to bring the shooter down", he added. Two Capitol Police officers were also wounded, witnesses said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,"CNN quoted the White House statement as saying".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for unity in the wake of the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured five people, including a top House Republican.

Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene. In all, about 25 members of Congress from both parties were there taking part in preparation for a charity baseball game scheduled for Thursday at Nationals Park.

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