Trump Visits Lawmaker Recovering From Shooting at Baseball Practice in Virginia

Trump Visits Lawmaker Recovering From Shooting at Baseball Practice in Virginia”

A senior U.S. House member and other victims were rushed to medical facilities with injuries on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on a baseball field where Republican lawmakers were practicing for a charity game.

Five people were transported from the scene, the city's Police Chief Michael Brown told reporters.

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is recovering after being shot says the congressman remains in critical condition and will require several more operations.

The Trump administration released a statement from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In a dramatic blow-by-blow account, representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN the gunman was armed with a rifle and appeared to be a white male. He said the man fired at least 50 shots from a fence behind the third-base position of a baseball field.

The shooting marks the first time a sitting member of Congress has been shot since Rep.

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Brooks said a number of congressmen and staffers helped others who were at the practice.

Speaking at the White House, President Donald Trump, who announced that Hodgkinson died, praised Capitol Police and first responders. "The only weapon I had was a baseball bat". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. Otherwise we would just be a bunch of guys out there on a normal morning, practicing", said Rep. "He was shot", said Mr Brooks.

Trump later tweeted that Scalise was in "very tough shape" and urged Americans to "Pray for Steve!" "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

The Congressional Baseball Game has been held since 1909 to raise money for various local charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Literacy Center and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

His appearance was shorter than his predecessor's post-shooting statements, and did not contain political overtures, as President Barack Obama's reactions often did. There was about a dozen shots.

He went on to say, "there's no doubt the heroism of the Capitol Police saved lives this morning, I am deeply thankful for their bravery, and I hope for speedy recoveries for all those wounded, in this cowardly assault". There is a flurry of shooting around the four-minute mark, and then people are seen running, from a distance.

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