Trump makes call for unity after lawmaker shot
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 21:55
Five people were shot.
The assailant, who had nursed grievances against Mr Trump and the Republican Party, fought a gun battle with police before he was shot and later died.
Is it too naive to hope this will be a turning point - that this shooting will shock us out of complacency and acceptance? We're united in our anguish. For all the noise and all the fury we are one family. He was killed when police returned fire.
GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Shortly after 7 o'clock this morning, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was taking batting practice with roughly 20 other Republican lawmakers.
"All of a sudden we heard just a very loud pop. then a few seconds later it was a rally", said Sen.
He dove into the dugout behind first base. Said one witness near the shooting.
"I saw him crouched behind a wooden structure, and he had an AK-47 type weapon", Owen Britton, an eyewitness said. They have a rifle. Barton is the baseball team's manager.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who was present at the shooting said it hadn't altered his view on the Second Amendment. He hit Steve Scalise. Two congressman said they had sustained minor injuries while trying to take cover. "A killing field", U.S. Senator Rand Paul said in a televised interview, describing the scene in Arlington, Virginia."We were sitting ducks", said Representative Roger Williams.Williams, the team coach, told reporters he was hitting ground balls when he heard what sounded like a auto engine backfiring. I think the security detail save a lot of lives because they attacked the shooter.
CHIEF MICHAEL BROWN: We were there within three minutes. "He was shot", said Mr Brooks, adding he helped apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg.
"Today's senseless act wasn't an attack against Republicans or Democrats, this was an attack against our democracy", Valadao said.
The four people who were injured include: Special agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner; Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; and Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tysons Foods. He said, 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around. This is a city recreation area, YMCA right beside it. "People forget, we're just normal. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", Trump said in a statement.
Spicer said the president and his wife talked to other Capitol Police officers who were at the hospital.
The game dates back to 1909, and is one of the capital's most anticipated events of the summer, with members of Congress sporting the uniforms of their favorite tpaueams as the two parties face off.