Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Hospital says Rep. Scalise needs more operations after baseball practice shooting

James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team practicing on a suburban Virginia field, wounding Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise and shooting four other people.

Alexandria police chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived within minutes and engaged Hodgkinson, together with Capitol Police officers. Spicer said Trump also spoke with other Capitol Police officers while at the hospital.

Mr Scalise's office said he was in stable condition and undergoing surgery.

However, an official said Trump may only meet with Scalise's family, because the congressman may not be well enough for a visit.

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But when he saw on TV that Scalise and others had been shot, he instantly recalled the unusual conversation. Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said five people were being treated for injuries at local hospitals.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at bat at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base. "And there were a lot of shots - easily 30 to 50, maybe more". In the field, I see Rep. Scalise is shot but moving, and he's trying to drag himself through the dirt and out into the outfield.

The shooting brought back into focus the debate over gun control in the U.S. After the Republican victories in November, the National Rifle Association and party lawmakers started a new legislative push to further deregulate firearms in the country.

"Dorothy and I are shocked and deeply saddened by this disgusting act of violence against members of Congress, law enforcement and other innocent people who were simply enjoying an early morning baseball practice".

Democrats and Republicans were preparing to face off for a charity baseball game when the shooting began. "There was a white male, who was very lethargically, slowly getting in and out of his van parked on the street", he said.

Congressman Among Those Shot At Virginia Baseball Field
Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who sometimes practices with the team, was also identified as one of the victims, and Sen. Scalise was shot in his hip and underwent surgery; as of Wednesday afternoon, he was listed as being in critical condition .

In a show of bipartisan unity, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said in the House: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Despite the security being in place for Scalise specifically, Rooney recognizes the role it played in protecting the rest of the congressmen at practice.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments.

"I was batting, we heard a loud noise.... Had the shooting incident not occurred, I never would have thought about that".

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The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria.

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