Wounded US lawmaker 'in some trouble', Trump says

He says that “violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”.

Trump also visited wounded Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, with Melania also gifting her with flowers. He later died of his injuries, Trump told the nation from the White House.

"He's going to be OK, we hope", Trump said. Scalise has represented Louisiana's 1st District since 2008.

Nearly immediately, reports began to surface from members of Congress at the practice that, just before the shooting, someone had asked them whether the people playing on the field were Republicans or Democrats. Witnesses leaving the baseball practice early encountered Hodgkinson, who allegedly asked whether Democrats or Republicans were playing.

Representative Tim Ryan, who early on Wednesday was practicing for the ballgame with fellow Democrats, told reporters that Washington politicians needed to cool their rhetoric.

The shocking event left the Capitol horrified and stunned.

Votes were canceled in the House on Wednesday, but on Thursday they were taking place.

Lawmakers and others had been practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual charity event.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present, then dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.

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Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) are scheduled to appear together on CNN at 4:15 p.m. Scalise was practicing for a congressional baseball game with several aides and fellow lawmakers Wednesday when James T.

"We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with", Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said.

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences.

"APD investigating multiple shooting" in the 400 block of East Monroe Street, Alexandria police wrote on its official Twitter account.

"He shot at Steve Scalise, our second baseman". They shot the shooter.

"Thank God", they exclaimed over and over, and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout.

Rep. Joe Barton was there with his two sons.

Two Capitol Police officers showed "incredible bravery", Brooks said, describing how they used their pistols to engage in a gunbattle with a man armed with a rifle, from a distance of 90 to 120 feet. "I give him credit".

Bailey is a Capitol Police special agent who is part of the congressional security detail. Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

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Scalise was shot in the hip during the assault and remained in critical condition on Wednesday evening.

After the gunfire stopped, Sen.

"America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting", he said.

The shooter opened fire at a baseball field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, across the parking lot from Alexandria's YMCA.

“He was just very calm.

"Everybody would've died except for the fact that Capitol Hill police were there", Paul said.

That resident, Benjamin Childers, added, "We had three members of Congress [who] took shelter in our apartment".

Last year, however, Democrats lost the game 8-7, ending a seven-game winning streak that mostly coincided with Richmond joining the Democratic side.

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    And I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country. Police stood alongside the fence at the field where the women's team often gathers for early morning practices.

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