Scalise and Others Shot during GOP Congressional Baseball Practice

Scalise and Others Shot during GOP Congressional Baseball Practice

Scalise and Others Shot during GOP Congressional Baseball Practice

Wednesday's incident was the first shooting of a member of the U.S. Congress since January 2011, when Democratic Representative Gabby Giffords was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt at a gathering of her constituents in Tucson, Arizona. "This has got to stop". The 2006 case was dismissed after the alleged victim didn't show up for the court hearing.

Bernie Sanders supporter James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republicans at their congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, shooting Rep. Steve Scalise and injuring a staffer and two Capitol police officers.

"Many lives would've been lost if not for the two Capitol Hill police officers who took down the gunman, despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Trump said.

Scalise underwent surgery, and was listed as being in critical condition, according to the hospital.

We also commend the fearless first responders from Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue who rushed to the scene. There was no information on the staffer's injuries.

A law enforcement official said the FBI would be taking over the investigation - standard procedure when federal officials are involved in attacks. The annual game has been played since 1909, and McSally said lawmakers applauded the announcement at an all-members meeting.

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The suspected gunman was killed as Capitol Police officers returned fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Sanders called the actions of his former volunteer, who died after exchanging gunfire with police, "despicable".

Five people were taken from the scene to hospitals, Alexandria's police chief, Michael Brown, told reporters. "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream". Once they were able, Sen. 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. Flake said Scalise was laying injured in the outfield "for at least 10 minutes". "It would have been a massacre without them".

"We just stayed where we were and stayed down", he said.

It provided no further details about him. "He said, 'Look up at the TV!' We saw breaking news, and we saw Scalise shot!"

According to an Associated Press news alert sent just before 3 p.m., Scalise was in critical condition following surgery. The team was herded into a dugout, and Donnelly says he scanned the field for any gunmen there.

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks said, adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind.

The shooter continued to fire a semi-automatic weapon as lawmakers and their staff members ran in various directions to escape the barrage of bullets, he said.

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Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, who was at the game, described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him.

Johnson left practice before the shooting started, but Wenstrup, a physician and Army Reserves colonel who served in Iraq, administered first aid to Scalise before ambulance crews arrived on the scene.

The House made a decision to not hold any votes on legislation Wednesday, and many hearings were delayed. The House canceled proceedings for the day.

A statement issued by President Trump said the situation was being monitored.

He said they were lucky that Mr Scalise was present because he has a security detail owing to his congressional seniority.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the entire Senate is "deeply saddened" over Wednesday's shooting.

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