Lawmakers talk more security, packing a gun after shooting

Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game will go on as scheduled tomorrow, Rep. Joe Barton, the manager of the Republican team, and Rep. Mike Doyle, manager of the Democratic team, confirmed at a joint press conference on Wednesday afternoon. - "has now died from his injuries after a shootout with police". They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the annual congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time.

"Only constitutional office holders are given (security) details", said Rep. Joseph Crowley of NY, the Democratic Caucus chairman.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted. And you see your friends, Steve Scalise in particular, lying on the ground dragging himself from the infield dirt to the outfield grass while there's nothing we can do to help.

"We had three members of Congress take shelter in our apartment", he said on a live stream, as sounds of emergency vehicles could be heard.

The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona told MSNBC.

Rep. Rodney Davis, one of three IL members who play on the GOP congressional baseball team, was not wounded during the Wednesday shooting at the Alexandria, Va. field where the team was practicing, his spokesman told the Sun-Times. Tim Kaine said. "We have wonderful security on the Hill, but anytime we're off, we don't. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter". But with 535 members of the House and Senate, lawmakers said it is unlikely rank-and-file members will get security details unless there is a specific threat.

The shooting happened shortly after 7 am There were 20 House members and two senators present, and the shooting lasted about 10 minutes, said Barton. Hodgkinson wrote in the post: "Here's a Republic that should lose his job, but they gave him a raise".

Five people in total were taken to hospital for treatment, including a member of Texas representative Roger Williams' staff and a former congressional aide.

"One was being treated and one was about to go into surgery", Ryan said, but did not further specify their conditions. Many have also credited the U.S. Capitol Police for effectively engaging with the gunman, using their pistols against his rifle - a decidedly uneven match-up across a wide open space.

The two lawmakers said they felt this was an important moment to try to improve relationships between members of Congress. In 2011, a gunman shot Rep. And like everything else in this town, both sides really, really want to come out on top.

  • Larry Hoffman