United States lawmakers show unity after shooting of colleague

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Trump said in remarks Wednesday afternoon. "Scalise was shot around second base and he crawled a little bit into the outfield". He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Brad Wenstrup, an OH congressman who is a physician, before being transported to a hospital.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown called the scene where Congressman Steve Scalise was shot "stable" and said there was not an additional threat.

Trump subsequently tweeted, "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover". Moolenaar's staff said the congressman wasn't granting interviews.

Until recently, Hodgkinson ran a home-inspection business out of his house.

In a statement Wednesday morning, Giffords said she was "heartbroken" and called the shooting "an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy".

Cutting across party lines, members of the bitterly divided US Congress today showed a rare unity as lawmakers and the nation grappled with the shooting at Congressmen at a baseball practicing session in a Washington suburb.

At the time of the shooting, the lawmakers were preparing for an annual congressional game scheduled for Thursday night.

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-Before Richmond, Steve Largent dominated the congressional baseball scene. Another staff member with a leg wound who was shot in the field made it to the dugout. and we. got a belt and put pressure on his wound.

The goal is to raise around $600,000 and the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center, Kildee said.

Brooks said a security detail returned fire at the active shooter. He said he did so to ensure that Mrs. Scalise would not find out about the shooting through the media. "He was uninjured in the shooting that took place".

Brooks told CNN that during batting practice he heard a "bam" and then a quick succession of shots and saw the gunman shooting through the holes in a chain link fence.

Trump and the first Lady then sat at Scalise's bedside.

Speaker Ryan identified the wounded Capitol Police officers as David Bailey and Crystal Griner. U.S. Capitol Police also stepped up their presence around the Capitol.

"When you've got a baseball bat and the guy's got a rifle".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning, "We're deeply saddened".

Witnesses have estimated that anywhere from 50 to 100 shots were fired on the baseball field. Reports also say that he struck a child, identified by law enforcement authorities as his daughter. "It's not a secret we are practicing".

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg.

"There was absolutely no shelter". "It would be foolish for Congressmen to flirt with coronary thrombosis while the town still has the Washington Senators to supply laughter at the ball park". Paul told another interviewer that everyone there faced a life-and-death, split-second dilemma: Stay where they were, or scurry for safety in the outfield or the dugout and risk becoming easy targets in an open field. "It said a single rifle shot into his hip had fractured bones, injured organs, caused severe bleeding, and will require several operations: "(He) remains in critical condition".

She survived, but six people were killed. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner at a "Congress On Your Corner" event at a Tucson grocery store.

"We were not aware of what was going on until we received a call from the security folks to say that we needed to get off the field and find shelter until they could determine what was happening", said Kildee, D-Flint Township, said.

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