Gunman wounds GOP congressman, then killed by police

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said, his tone somber, America's acrimonious politics set aside for the moment. "The whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement read.

The Washington Post, quoting unnamed law enforcement officials, identified him as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

According to his Facebook page, Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Sanders, the feisty independent who battled Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination previous year. And I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.

Saying that the Republicans' baseball team has "been practicing here for years", Flake said that if Scalise hadn't come to Wednesday morning's workout, "there would not have been any detail at all". "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

The shooting of Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, is the latest disturbing example of the extremely polarized political and cultural environment since Donald Trump won the White House. The popular and gregarious lawmaker is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative bats when he secured the job of House whip several years ago.

He was in stable condition, said two different senior-level GOP aides. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", his office said in a statement.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. On most days, members wouldn't go to the floor unless they were speaking, but on Wednesday the chamber was full.

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks said, adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind.

"His question was pointed: "'Excuse me sir, who's practicing today?

What events are Capitol Police required to work? .

"We are united", Ryan said.

The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats.

Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama said that the team was taking batting practice while he was playing shortstop and Rep. The game is scheduled to be played at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League baseball team. "We started giving him some liquids", Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN. Two members of Congress said Hodgkins asked them whether the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans.

Congress isn't exactly popular or highly productive these days, but as bullets rained down on the normally placid legislators practicing baseball on Wednesday, a few Republicans found their inner badass.

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep.

Who were the Capitol Police officers in Wednesday's attack? . They shot the shooter. "I'm sad that he was shot but he actually saved everybody's life by being there". At least 70 shots could be heard in a video. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout.

Hours later, some lawmakers walked the marbled Capitol hallways still caked in sweat, wearing dusty baseball cleats and T-shirts. And if they if they had not been successful, then the tragedy here would undoubtedly have been much greater because those of us who are in the first base dugout, we'd [have] no chance.

Identifying the officers as David Bailey and Crystal Griner, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered their thanks to the pair and the entire Capitol Police. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.

After the gunfire stopped, Sen. And Steve Scalise went down - and dragged himself off of the infield into the outfield, about 10 or 15 yards, and was laying motionless out there.

"That really meant a lot to me", he said.

  • Larry Hoffman