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

Trump makes call for unity after lawmaker shot

House Majority Floor Leader of the United States Congress -a position commonly referred to as "Whip"- Steve Scalise (R) was among those wounded Wednesday morning when members of the congressional baseball team where fired at as they were practicing on a field in Alexandria, Virginia.

The gunman was killed by multiple police bullets in what Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown described as "a ferocious gun battle".

Congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery after being shot in the hip and remained in critical condition, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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However, an official said Trump may only meet with Scalise's family, because the congressman may not be well enough for a visit. Trump later tweeted that Scalise was in "very tough shape" and urged Americans to "Pray for Steve!" "He's a patriot.

Traces are still being done on the two firearms recovered at the scene - an SKS rifle 7.62 (which is a Chinese-made AK variant) and a 9 mm pistol, a law enforcement source tells CNN. "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream. He was shot", said Mr Brooks.

KREM 2 contacted Representative offices of Cathy McMorris Rogers, Senator Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray and even Idaho Representative Raul Labrador's office to find out how or if their security detail will change because of the shooting. "The only weapon I had was a baseball bat".

"The danger of overreacting is as great, maybe more so, of underreacting", said Welch.

President Trump and his wife were accompanied by Trump's personal physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, according to a White House pool report. "Otherwise we would just be a bunch of guys out there on a normal morning, practicing", said Rep.

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"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

They had gathered for the annual congressional baseball match between Republicans and Democrats which raises money for charity. There were a dozen shots.

Trump, a Republican, said in a statement that he and vice-president Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely. Then there was more shooting.

President Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy".

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Rep. Mo Brooks, (R-Alabama), lauded the bravery of the two Capitol Police officers, saying that despite being wounded, they returned fire in an effort to protect the congressmen.

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