Congressional ballgame goes on despite shooting
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 21:59
After U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican and majority whip of the House of Representatives, was shot on Wednesday morning during a practice for an annual charity baseball game, his colleagues devised a way to honor their colleague.
Capitol Police officers are being widely praised for helping to stop the attack.
Scalise was shot in the left hip, suffering broken bones, injuries to internal organs and severe bleeding.
Trump offers his own prayers to the Scalise family, and says the entire world is also praying for them.
Local media has identified the shooting suspect as James Hodgkinson of IL. We represent neighboring districts in Kansas and Missouri as Republicans and Democrats, but if you ask our constituents at home about the nature of our relationship, you'll hear that we are great friends. Brooks heard someone scream "active shooter".
The fifth, congressional aide Zack Barth, tweeted that he was in the hospital and "okay". Another lawmaker and police officer also received minor "secondary" injuries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said at a Wednesday evening news conference.
Alexandria police chief Michael Brown told reporters that five people "were medically transported from the scene" but would not immediately release information on their identities. The attacker was shot and later died.
The FBI is "exploring all angles" in the case, Slater said, responding to a question about whether the attack was an act of terrorism. No one else was in custody, he said. Investigators believe that the suspect had been living out of his vehicle. Virginia's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, urged gun control measures.
As businessman Trump rose to become the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election, his brash style and outspoken views on immigration and other policies led to mass protests, including on the weekend of his inauguration in January. The charity baseball game the Republicans were practicing for - that will go on as scheduled tomorrow night.
"I started to look up and somebody in the dugout - I don't know who it was - saved my life because he said, "Get down!' and 'Get next to the wall" because as I understand. apparently, a bullet came into the dugout and took out some cinder block". "A lot", Flake said of Scalise, who had been stranded on the field while shots were fired.
Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity. He said if the gunman had come after them in the dugout, "we would have been sitting ducks".
House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed lawmakers today.
House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that in the recent years her security concerns have grown considerably.
The shooting happened shortly after 7 a.m.
The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria.
"While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these courageous public servants", he said, "he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols". DeSantis gave a similar account. The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.
BENNETT: Once the gunman was down, Congressman Brooks says he and another lawmaker, Ohio's Brad Wenstrup, who's a doctor, administered first aid to the wounded using their belts as tourniquets.
"It's not easy when you see people around you being shot and you don't have a weapon yourself", Brooks added.
Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery. Scalise, as part of the House leadership, was accompanied to the practice by an armed detail from the Capitol police. They happen pretty regularly and are handled by the Capitol Police and the sergeant at arms. "We need medics. Victim down in the baseball field". Six people were killed.