Steve Scalise facing more surgeries, hospital update says
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 14:19
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, lobbyist and two law enforcement officials suffered gunshot wounds after a shooter opened fire on Republican members of Congress who were playing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Virginia.
He told Muir that he later found out that the suspect, identified by authorities later today as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, had actually passed him at one point. Brooks said he heard as many as 100 shots. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition". He later died of his injuries, President Donald Trump told the nation from the White House.
"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said.
Rep. Tom Rooney, R-FL was at the practice but left minutes before the shooting to take his kids to school. Members of Congress said the game would still go ahead as planned at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday night.
The last time a politician was shot was when Democrat Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and gravely injured while meeting constituents at a supermarket auto park in 2011.
In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, said one of his staff members, legislative correspondent Zack Barth, was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention.
Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater declined to comment on whether the gunman had a vendetta against Republicans.
Several other Republican lawmakers were also present at the time at the facility, about 13 km from the Capitol. They also brought flowers to Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner who was wounded in the attack.
Trump also met with other Capitol police officers who have gathered at the hospital and thanked them for their service. Congressman Jeff Duncan of SC said, "I'm shaken up".
Mika's family described him as "a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game".