Trump, first lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

Trump, first lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated”

President Donald Trump sat at the bedside of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who is being treated for a gunshot wound at a Northwest Washington hospital on Wednesday night.

A rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire Wednesday on U.S. lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and three others before he was killed by police.

Following a shooting Wednesday morning at a Republican baseball practice, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is in critical condition.Trying to cope with the tragic shooting, the special session is still underway in the capitol city.

"President Trump said the gunman - identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from IL - died after a shootout with police officers, two of whom were wounded in the gun battle".

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said Hodgkinson at one point volunteered for his 2016 presidential campaign.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted. He denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms".

Police investigate the scene, after a man opened fire on a baseball team of USA representatives near Washington.

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He also said that lawmakers and others were lucky that Capitol Police were at the scene.

"You know, it shouldn't take an incident like this to bring us together", Doyle said, as Barton acknowledged that the present day highly-charged political atmosphere has widened the gap between parties on Capitol Hill.

"I had to leave at 7:05 to get my kids to school and apparently the shots were at 7:09", he said.

An early morning baseball game practice turned bloody Wednesday, when a gunman opened fire at a park outside Washington DC. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of US Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", the statement said. So I appreciate anyone who is willing to step up to plate, defend us, defend our freedom, protect public safety.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said. According to the hospital, Mr. Scalise underwent surgery and is now in critical condition.

The staunch conservative is among the lawmakers leading the drive to repeal former president Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, among other top Republican priorities. "This was a horrific act and I commend Capitol Police for their bravery and efforts which likely saved many lives.I joined my colleagues today on the House floor as a sign that we are Americans first".

Republican lawmakers were gathered to prepare for a charity baseball game against members of the Democratic Party.

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