Trump calls for unity after Scalise shooting

Rep. Steve Scalise a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police force were shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria Virginia
Bullet holes at the YMCA where a gunman opened fire during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria VA. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Joseph Miscavige
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15 June, 2017

While we don't yet know the full scale of the casualties this morning, we do know that this attack would have been inestimably worse without the presence of the courageous men and women of the Capitol Police, some of whom are among the wounded. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Scalise's position as whip in the Republican-controlled House makes him one of the most senior figures in Congress.

Trump said that "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman.

Speaking from the White House Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump made a statement in response to the attempted assassination of GOP lawmakers during baseball practice in Alexandria early this morning.

The Congressional shooter who was identified as IL resident James Hodgkinson, 66, "has now died", according to President Donald Trump, who made the announcement at 11:30 am EDT.

Congressman Roger Williams of Texas said a member of his staff, Zack Barth, was among those shot.

Five people, including a Republican lawmaker and staffer, were injured in the reported shooting in the Washington D.C. Suburb and transported to local hospitals.

"Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks", Rep. Mo Brooks told FMTALK1065.

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Mr Scalise is said to be in a stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. About three minutes later, at around 7:15 am the shooting began, DeSantis said.

"Lawmakers who spoke about the shooting incident, described "a normal morning practice, at a field where they've practiced for years, when all of a sudden shots rang out".

This morning, at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, Whip Scalise was shot in the hip.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verdarosa said the two wounded officers are in good condition, and he expects them to recover quickly.

The Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled to be played Thursday night at Nationals Park in Washington.

"He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on", he said.

"Please pray for my colleagues", Duncan said. He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.


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