The congressman-doctor who treated Scalise on the ball field

A gunman opened fire Wednesday on a group of Congressional Republicans who found themselves dodging a barrage of bullets from the shooter's rifle that injured five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, at what was supposed to be a morning baseball practice.

The gunman was identified by a senior United States official as James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois.

"Kris and I are praying for our friend Steve Scalise, his staff, Capitol Police and their families", the statement said. Early Wednesday afternoon, MedStar Washington Hospital Center stated on Twitter that Scalise "remains in critical condition".

The hospital said Scalise, who sustained a single gunshot wound to the hip, is critical condition and would require additional surgeries. However, it is not clear if he will have a second surgery. Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

From there, a wounded Capitol Police officer, presumably Bailey, stuck to his job.

Rep. Brad Wenstrop, a GOP Congressman from Cincinnati, rushed to Scalise's aid from where he and several other colleagues had taken cover in a dugout.

"The president entered the room, spoke with Scalise's family members and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, describing the scene in the intensive care unit as emotional.

In an era of heightened partisanship, where members return to their districts every weekend rather than spending time in Washington to build relationships with each other, the baseball game is one of the few events where lawmakers can develop camaraderie. But he said news of the shooting came "totally out of the blue".

The Republican team was taking batting practice at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sen. Finally, as soon as someone said the shooter was down, I ran out to Steve and put pressure on the wound.

Investigators just released new information about the shooting.

Later, House Republican and Democratic leaders called for unity and praised the police, while Trump in an address from the White House said that the prayers of the nation and world are with Scalise.

"If it wasn't for them this conversation would be a whole lot worse", he said during an interview. "And, I think this is sort of a wake up call as to how you can take that angst and that anger and go too far". Paul estimated there were at least 50 to 60 shots that rang out. She said he was using a long gun and exchanging fire with law enforcement officers, one of whom yelled for her to get down.

US representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan had ducked out of baseball practice early on Wednesday when a middle-aged man in the parking lot asked them if the players in red shirts on the field were Republicans or Democrats. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and regularly appear in public without protection.

  • Salvatore Jensen