Trump calls for unity after Scalise shooting

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

The gunman killed six people and wounded 13, including Giffords.

Here's how witnesses - from members of Congress to a passerby - describe the attack, in conversations with Morning Edition and with NPR's Jessica Taylor, who spent the day reporting from the scene of the attack.

"I'm not surprised that there are many Republicans, in Congress at least, who have chosen to overlook these controversial comments and continue to support the presumptive Republican nominee", Earnest said, citing the "David Duke" comment yet again.

The shooting began around 7 a.m.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice at about 7am.

"I heard a loud noise". Barton manages the baseball team.

In a brief interview in a Senate hallway, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I think everybody handled it well and things seem to be under control". "We hope to answer motive, and why he was here, and why he did what he did", said Slater. "We certainly weren't expecting something like this".

"We dove for the dugout, those of us who were on the field still".

Teammates say Scalise dragged himself across the field leaving a trail of blood. "Someone tried to run Rep. (David) Kustoff off the road with her auto, and now a man seemingly attempted to assassinate several members of Congress at a baseball practice", said Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said his officers who were wounded "are in good condition" and should recover quickly.

"Bottom line is, this gunman came to kill", Jenkins said. And sometime after that, the assault on the congressional team ended. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV.

"What we have to remember is this: "that the American people. excuse me", Fleischman said holding back tears, ". are great people". He added that Scalise was bleeding "quite a bit".

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Police identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. No other deaths have been reported from the shooting.

MedStar Washington said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that Scalise "was critically injured and remains in critical condition". "It is clear to me, based on eyewitness accounts, that without these heroes, Agents Bailey and Griner, many lives would have been lost", Mr. Ryan said in a floor speech.

"And then, of course, it started". Scalise apologized for the decision, calling it "a mistake I regret", after it became public in 2014. "I know he's hurt, I know he's down".

After the first burst of gunfire, LaVor said, "Then there was silence, I thought it was over".

"He could have a short temper when it came to different issues", Clark said. In 2011, a gunman shot Rep. He said he is "shaken but unharmed. He said, "K thanks" and turned around".

"The shooting was ongoing, the bullets were flying", Brooks said.

Scalise was wounded in the shooting. "That's not a fair fight". Another lawmaker and police officer also received minor "secondary" injuries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said at a Wednesday evening news conference.

"[Scalise] goes down but is moving, and is crawling towards the outfield".

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

A scream rang out from second base, Brooks said.Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, had been shot in the hip and fell to the ground. Wednesday's shooting highlights the vulnerability of lawmakers when they are in public.

Police beefed up security around the U.S. Capitol and House leaders canceled votes Wednesday in the wake of the early-morning shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others at a Virginia baseball field.

The charity baseball game against congressional Democrats will go ahead as planned Thursday night, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Wednesday. Brooks told CNN that he tried to help Scalise, saying, "We used my belt to help put a tourniquet around his leg".

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