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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, hospital says

A victim is transported at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria A victim is transported at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria
Rickey Rodriguez | 16 June, 2017, 03:47

He was squeezing off five or six rounds at a time, according to the report of the incident, and fired about 50 shots in all. Other victims included a members of Scalise's security detail, U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, Zack Barthe, an aid to Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; and lobbyist Matt Mika.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the gunman was apparently a volunteer for his campaign previous year. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

Hodgkinson, who was armed with a handgun and a rifle, died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

"I was at the home plate batting three minutes before then and I was getting ready to leave, sometimes I give senator Flake a ride home", Paul said.

The shocking event left the Capitol horrified and stunned. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy. Vice President (Mike) Pence has spoken to him.

"We believe the shooter has been living out of his vehicle in the vicinity of East Monroe", said Timothy Slater, FBI special agent in charge.

The shooting took place at 6.30 the morning when the Republican Congressional Baseball Team was practising and the unidentified gunman opened fire around the YMCA on East Monroe Street in Alexandria.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., plays for the Democratic team, which was practicing at the same time in another part of the Washington, D.C., area.

The shooting occurred one day before the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which is scheduled for June 15 at Nationals Park.

The Capitol Police were present in a suburban parked outside of the field's fence at practices because they travel with Scalise.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at the plate at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base.

"I am shocked & praying for the safety & recovery of my friend Steve Scalise & all the others shot, including the officers", Donnelly wrote on Twitter after news of the shootings. He is being treated at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. They shot the shooter. They demanded a nationwide concealed carry law that would let someone permitted to carry in one state also carry elsewhere in the U.S.

Paul said the fearless officers returned fire - and one of them was still "protecting the scene" after being shot.

"It was scary", Barton said.

According to Barton, Jack was able to hide under a vehicle while his older son took cover in the dugout. The gunman was killed. "We didn't think some insane person was going to come shoot them".

Nathan later told NBC news that he was frightened.

After an all-members briefing where Democrats and Republicans held hands and prayed, House Speaker Paul Ryan and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi addressed the somber chamber and proclaimed lawmakers were "united".


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