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Attack on U.S. lawmakers: What we know

Attack on U.S. lawmakers: What we know”

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine a motive in the shooting or whether the attack was an attempted political assassination.

Held nearly every year since 1909, the Congressional Baseball Game - slated to take place at Nationals Park stadium in Washington - is a well-loved showdown between Senate and House members of both Republican and Democrat camps.

Scalise was shot in the hip and transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

President Donald Trump tweeted a message of support to his "friend and patriot" Scalise, calling himself "deeply saddened" by the incident in Alexandria, where schools were briefly placed on lockdown.

He said congressmen Chuck Fleischmann, of Tennessee, Ron DeSantis, of Florida, and Jeff Duncan, of SC, were among 15-25 other lawmakers at the game.

The shocking event left the Capitol horrified and stunned.

Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

The Capitol Hill police, Wenstrup said, would not have been there had Scalise not been a member of the House leadership.

"He is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery", the Texas congressman tweeted. Brooks said the Capitol officers were armed only with pistols, and "taking on a guy with a rifle from 90-120 feet away". He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Brad Wenstrup, an OH congressman who is a physician, before being transported to a hospital.

The shooting occurred at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice. The game between congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans is a tradition in Washington that dates back almost a century. "We look forward to hosting the 108th Annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park tomorrow evening".

Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said Washington FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

"Today, we say prayers for the victims", Fulcher said.

Hodgkinson's social media posts displayed strong anti-Trump sentiment.

WFMY News 2 has confirmed that Representative Mark Walker was the team's pitcher and was at the practice.

Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said later was evacuated by helicopter.

“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip, ” Brooks said.

"We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with", Brooks said. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice.

Roll Call reported on Monday that British Ambassador Nigel Kim Darroch was slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of the victims of and first responders to the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and in London.

Someone yelled to get in the dugout - and LaVor dove for cover. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV. In 2011, a gunman shot Rep.

He said the attack had lasted for at least 10 minutes, adding: "He had a lot of ammo". Wednesday's practice was for Republicans, Sen. Two Capitol Police officers were also shot.

- Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc and former staffer for two former Republican representatives, was shot in the chest, according to witnesses including Senator Jeff Flake.

Mika's family released a statement Wednesday confirming that he "was shot multiple times, is in critical condition, and is now in surgery".

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep.

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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