Vermont's Congressional Delegation Responds To Virginia Shooting

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers report an increase in threats following Wednesday's shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia. Authorities including FBI Evidence Response Team, ATF, and Alexandria Police Department, are still collecting evidence at the scene, and FBI Springfield and St. Louis Evidence Response Teams are searching the subject's home in Belleville, Ill.

When they arrived, police shot the suspect, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, notes WWJ.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said five people were transported to hospital following the shooting, which broke out at arund 7am (1100 GMT).

No other members of Congress were shot. Congressional staffer Zach Barth and Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey are doing well.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend". Williams did not say what condition the staffer was in.

Congressman Jeff Duncan told police that Hodgkinson approached him in the parking lot before the shooting and asked if the men practicing were Republicans or Democrats.

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was at second base when he was shot.

"I heard a loud noise". I Look up and there's a man with a gun.

An apparent witness to the event, Benjamin Childers, wrote on Twitter that someone opened fire on a baseball field where congressional Republicans were practicing and he heard many shots. We're still trying to learn what led him to carry out the attack this morning.

"It would have been a massacre".

Fleischmann had been on the field with his back to the shooter when the rampage began, and dove into the dugout, huddling in place until the shots stopped.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at bat at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base.

President Donald Trump is making an evening visit to the hospital where the USA congressman who was critically wounded Wednesday at baseball practice is receiving treatment.

"Everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Mr. Trump said in his remarks. "I'm a former prosecutor and, yeah, he was going after elected officials, congressmen".

In defiance of the violence, Democrats and Republicans plan to play the charity game as scheduled on Thursday.

3 Republican in the House, was shot in the hip and was receiving care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said.

He added, "This morning is the most sobering a reminder of how thankful we should be for the service of the Capitol Police force, who put their lives on the line, day-in and day-out, for us to be safe".

Trump, who delivered his remarks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, said the incident reinforces the unity between the parties, despite differences.

Lawmaker Brooks described Scalise dragging his body across the pitch to get away from the shooter while the firing continued.

In the US, authorities have identified the gunman who shot at Republican Party Congressmen.

  • Larry Hoffman