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GOP congressman, Capitol police, others wounded in shooting

Rickey Rodriguez | 16 June, 2017, 03:55

As Republican members of Congress held an early-morning practice in an Alexandria, Virginia neighborhood in preparation for the 80th annual congressional charity baseball game, a man from IL, reportedly armed with an SKS rifle and a 9 mm pistol, opened fire in a savage and cowardly attack that apparently was politically motivated. Scalise is out of his first surgery, according to a Scalise aide.

Steve Scalise's bedside and spoke with the House Majority Whip's family during a visit Wednesday evening to the hospital where Scalise remains in critical condition.

He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, and the police confirmed he was dead.

The gunman, who reportedly asked a bystander if Republicans were practicing on the field, fired away from behind a chain-link fence near the third-base dugout.

President Trump visited Congressman Scalise in the hospital.

Republicans and Democrats fight for bragging rights Thursday in the annual Congressional Baseball game as one unit - Team Scalise.

The charity game, pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues, was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05 p.m. (2300 GMT) at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected in the stands. In an earlier announcement from the White House, Trump also praised the "heroic actions" of the Capitol Police officers who stopped the shooter in his tracks.

As Paul expressed on MSNBC, "If Scalise wouldn't have been on the team, unfortunately he was hit and I hope he does well, but also by him being there he probably saved everybody else's life".

He delivered a brief address from the White House Diplomatic Room in which he denounced the shooting of a top House Republican and others as a "very, very brutal assault". An attack on a member of Congress or any American is an attack on all of us.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding that he also had visited a wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital. He was shot by police officials and died later at a hospital. "If you were to run out while the killer was still shooting, he could have shot anybody", he told reporters.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said before an event on apprenticeships at the White House.

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