Trump makes hospital visit after congressional baseball shooting

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

Multiple police vehicles were seen around Hodgkinson's home in the southern IL town located outside St. Louis.

Republican lawmakers were practicing at a baseball field in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia ahead of Thursday night's annual charity game against their Democratic counterparts when Hodgkinson fired a volley of shots. In a hail of bullets, police killed the assailant. Two members of Congress said Hodgkins asked them whether the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans. "But this morning it did".

"As divided as the country seems to be right now we can all cheer for the Tigers going to Omaha", Ms. Anderson said.

"Horrible news, my thoughts with Whip Scalise, staff, and Capitol Police hurt", he wrote. This morning was one of just a handful of practices I haven't made it to.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism or whether Scalise was targeted.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences.

Congressman Steve Scalise, a member of House leadership, was shot and badly wounded, and is now in stable condition at the hospital, along with two very courageous Capitol Police officers.

"We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace and that we are strongest when we are unified". Once they were able, Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, went out to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to the wound. He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Brad Wenstrup, a congressman who is a physician, before being transported to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Authorities, meanwhile, have not yet said whether there was a motive behind the shooting.

Texas Representative Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot, but "is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

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Several other people also were wounded, and at least two were in critical condition. "And I see a little bit of a body and then I hear another bam and I realize there is an active shooter".

Capitol Police do occasionally assign an officer to attend baseball practices on a case-by-case basis.

He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, and police said he later died. Officials say they're investigating Hodgkinson's whereabouts, associates, web postings and "potential motivations".

"There's no large trees, no huts, there was nothing for them to hide around, so they were just laying as flat as they could on the ground, as shots were firing", says a witness to the scene.

The game pits Republicans against Democrats on the baseball diamond and has a long history in Washington.

After Scalise was hit, said Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, the congressman "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

Flake said Obama's delivered a "great speech" at the memorial. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and regularly appear in public without protection. Gabby Giffords was shot in January 2011.

From her vantage point behind a tree, she saw a security officer leave a nearby SUV and attempt to confront the shooter with a handgun.

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