Gunman Fires On Congressional Baseball Practice In Virginia


So it was no surprise that as many Democrats as Republicans expressed sympathy after a gunman shot Rep. Scalise and three others Wednesday morning during the Republican team's practice for the annual congressional baseball game. "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream".

Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) released a statement via Youtube to let everyone know he and his staff are safe.

ABC News says Hodgkinson was among those shot. The 51-year-old legislator is in critical condition at a Washington hospital after being shot in the hip.

A previous statement from Scalise's office indicated he was stable, "in good spirits" and about to undergo surgery.

"There were always Capitol Police officers with us", Walsh said. Congressional and law enforcement sources described it as a "deliberate attack". Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said his team was practicing when they heard about the attack on the Republicans. Williams says Barth is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Capitol Police officers were at the practice when the shooting began and quickly returned fire, spokesman Matthew Verderosa said.

Authorities refused to confirm that identification at a mid-morning press conference. "It's really raw at this moment", Slater said.

"The Congressional Baseball Game is going on tomorrow night as it should", said McSally, R-Ariz., whose seat was once held by former Reps.

The gunman was taken into custody after being wounded in a shootout with Capitol Police, but his motive was not immediately clear.

Rep. Brad Wenstrop, a GOP Congressman from Cincinnati, rushed to Scalise's aid from where he and several other colleagues had taken cover in a dugout. At this time, he remains in critical condition.

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"The only chance we had was the Capitol Police", Paul said. "It would have been a massacre without them". When they arrived, Alexandria police, along with members of the Congressional security detail, engaged the shooting suspect and provided aide to those injured. "We are ever awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol police", said House Speaker Ryan following the shooting.

Griner, 32, worked alongside Bailey and also was assigned to protect Scalise. It continues to fire at different people. "He was shooting people as far away as right field".

The House canceled all votes for the day.

President Donald Trump will not attend the game, according to the Washington Examiner.

"I play shortstop. Steve plays second".

The President is monitoring the situation, the White House said in a statement. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here, because. above all, they love our country", Trump said during remarks in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", Trump said.

"Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover", President Trump said.

He adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".