Trump makes hospital visit after congressional baseball shooting

Scalise, too, was attended to by his colleagues on the field.

After undergoing surgery, Scalise remains in critical condition and will require additional operations to fix fractured bones, internal organ injury and severe loss of blood, MedStar Washington Hospital announced Wednesday night. He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria area in recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. "Congressman Steve Scalise was also shot, as were at least two security officers and a congressional staffers".

The President is monitoring the situation, the White House said in a statement.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Falisa Peoples was just leaving the YMCA next to the ball field when she saw the shooter open fire.

The shocking event left the Capitol horrified and stunned.

"You know, it shouldn't take an incident like this to bring us together", Doyle said, as Barton acknowledged that the present day highly-charged political atmosphere has widened the gap between parties on Capitol Hill.

President Trump visited Scalise in the hospital, writing on Twitter, "Just left hospital".

Earlier Wednesday, Trump called for unity across party lines during a subdued statement from the White House.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on the Senate floor that Hodgkinson apparently was a volunteer for his campaign a year ago. Scalise has represented Louisiana's 1st District since 2008. 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. Rep. Roger Williams of Texas and Special Agent David Bailey of the U.S. Capitol Police sustained minor secondary injuries. He turned and saw, past a dugout, a middle-aged man pushing a rifle through the chain-link fence, firing toward second base and the outfield. Democrats preparing at their own baseball practice prayed for their Republican colleagues when news broke.

The congressional baseball game and the women's press vs. member softball game will go on at the behest of members who don't want to let Wednesday's shooting shatter their bridge to bipartisanship.

Authorities are searching his home in IL.

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd, said he received calls, texts and tweets about his whereabouts after the shooting.

Hodgkinson's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Barton said his thoughts and prayers are with Scalise and all of those injured.

"The United States Capitol Police is dedicated to its mission to protect the U.S. Capitol, members of Congress, staff and the visiting public", Verderosa said.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said.

"If it wasn't for them this conversation would be a whole lot worse", he said during an interview.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who was at the practice, told reporters he was at bat when the shooting happened. Witnesses estimated that more than 50 shots rang out.

Chaos ensued. Lawmakers dove for cover.

A local resident who posted a video of the scene after the shooting said, "There were probably about 80 to 100 shots fired over there". The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

"Gayle and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to congressman Scalise, aides and Capitol Police officers who were injured today and their families. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the statement concluded.

As the No. 3 House Republican, Scalise has a security detail assigned to him at all times.

Previous year the Republicans broke a seven-game losing streak by beating the Democrats 8-7. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.

Members of Congress practice for months for the event, and typically don the jerseys of a team from back home.

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