Congressional baseball practice shooting: What we know about the

Congressional baseball practice shooting: What we know about the”

Scalise was among several people wounded early Wednesday when a rifle-wielding attacker fired on lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.

Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., described Scalise as a great leader who is the go-to person for the state's congressional delegation. "Pray for Steve!" Trump said on Twitter after visiting the hospital on Wednesday night.

James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., the man who officials say carried out the attack, was wounded in the fight and later died.

The USCP also collaborates with other federal agencies and local law enforcement "to increase the collection and sharing of intelligence information", according to the Capitol Police strategic plan. No other deaths have been reported from the shooting. "Very shortly thereafter there was a barrage of shots".

- 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.

Tenney's spokeswoman, Hannah Andrews, said the office alerted U.S. Capitol Police.

Congressman Walker says Scalise then tried to crawl from the field. No one else was in custody, he said. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time. "Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims". But the issue for which Scalise has made no apology is gun control.

In a March 22 Facebook post, Hodgkinson described Trump as a "traitor".

As businessman Trump rose to become the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election, his brash style and outspoken views on immigration and other policies led to mass protests, including on the weekend of his inauguration in January.

They had gathered on this muggy morning, trading suits and ties for sneakers and baseball caps, to practice for Thursday's annual left-right match-up, a friendly Democratic-Republican rivalry for charity in a capital otherwise poisonous in its partisanship. "We've got to stop the violence".

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said his team was practicing elsewhere when they heard about the attack.

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Trump also called for unity. There's a chance this could take us to a more positive place. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", said Ryan. The House's top Democrat Nancy Pelosi echoed Ryan's message.

Johnson said he pulled out of the baseball field parking lot only five to 10 minutes before he learned about the shootings.

Walker said the suspect approached a lawmaker who was leaving the field and asked if it was the Republican team practicing.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign previous year. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sanders said.

Members of the House have decided they will not give into fear.

Noah Nathan, a bystander present at the scene, recorded the terrifying Eugene Simpson Stadium Park shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, when he heard the gunshots.

Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip, Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", Scalise's office said in a statement. Those two security details, those two Capitol police officers, they showed incredible bravery - pistols against a rifle - from a 90- to 120-feet distance. And we do it because we like to play baseball and try to recapture a little bit of our youth.

"He was not saying anything", Brooks said.

Hours after the attack, the field was surrounded by crime scene tape and still set for batting practice.

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