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Trump makes hospital visit after congressional baseball shooting

President Trump addresses the nation after a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise and members of the congressional police force on June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and appears based on his online activity to have been a fervent opponent of President Donald Trump.

If not for members of the Capitol Police on scene Wednesday serving as a security detail for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded in the attack, the carnage might have been worse, we are told.

Trump said in a tweet that Scalise "was badly injured but will fully recover", adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him". Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who sometimes practices with the team, was also identified as one of the victims, and Sen.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Scalise was in critical condition after surgery, according to So Young Pak, spokeswoman for MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown called the scene where Congressman Steve Scalise was shot "stable" and said there was not an additional threat. "He's a patriot. And he's a fighter".

"Please pray for my colleagues", Duncan said.

"House Democrats praying for our House GOP [and] Senate GOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting", Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen, D-Nev., wrote on Twitter.

About 25 people had gathered for the Republican team's practice for an annual charity game, scheduled for Thursday night.

But Wednesday's incident, as well as the 2011 shooting of then-Democratic Rep. It's not a celebrity softball contest, where players ham it up and laugh when they botch a catch.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said a member of his staff was among the wounded. Rep.

Flake said one of the Capitol Hill police officers who was wounded in the shooting is a woman.

Five blocks from the shooting, House Democrats - including Cedric Richmond of New Orleans - had practiced for the game, but ceased activity and began praying after they got word of the shooting.

"I think there's a tone to the conversation today that's amplified by social media which obviously had an impact on the shooter", he said in a phone interview. Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said.

Wednesday's chaos drew about 100 police officers from different departments within minutes, according to witnesses, and helicopters swooped in to airlift the injured from the baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Va., outside Washington.

Together, they prevented what likely would have been a massacre.

"We are grateful and humbled by the unbelievable law enforcement who put their lives in harm's way to protect our citizens", he said.

After Giffords was shot, security procedures for members of Congress were tightened, I'm told.

"I'm grateful that Special Agent Griner is in good condition in the hospital having been shot in the ankle, and Special Agent Bailey was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident", Verderosa said in a statement.

Brooks said the shooter was behind the third base dugout and didn't say anything.

A senior administration official said the mood inside the hospital was somber during Trump's visit, which came hours after Scalise emerged from surgery still in critical condition after suffering a single rifle shot to his hip.

Falisa Peoples was just leaving the YMCA next to the ball field when she saw the shooter open fire. "The field was basically a killing field if you were to run out there while the shooter was still shooting". He is dead, but still living and breathing is a malignant political environment that has come to be regarded as normal, one in which James Hodgkinson came to the crazed conclusion that hunting down members of Congress was a legitimate political solution.



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