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Gunman Opens Fire As Members Of Congress Practice Baseball

15 Juin 2017

Rep Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who served as a military surgeon in Iraq, attended to Scalise after the shooter was down, Brooks said on CNN.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident.

James Hodgkinson of Belleville protests outside of the United States Post Office in downtown Belleville, Ill., in 2012.

The game is a tradition started in 1909 that pits Democratic and Republican members of Congress against one another in an effort to raise money for charity.

The only reason Capitol Police were on hand Wednesday to take down the shooter was because Scalise is the third-ranking member of House Republican leadership, a post that comes with a security detail that pretty much follows him everywhere. "Then finally we heard the response from the Capitol Hill police". Several others, including a police officer from the small posse protecting him, were injured before the suspect was shot, brought down, and taken into custody.

CBS Local- As reports of a shooting taking place in the early morning hours at a baseball field involving government officials came in, most were naturally first concerned with the well-being of those involved. A helicopter arrived to medevac at least one victim.

Law enforcement officials told NBC News there was no immediate indication the gunman had ties to global terrorism.

The FBI is "exploring all angles" in the case, Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater said, responding to a question about whether the attack was an act of terrorism.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery.

Vice President Mike Pence canceled a planned speech to the national homebuilders' association and headed to the White House where Trump was scheduled to deliver remarks on the shooting. "We condemn this attack, and are thankful for the first responders, police and even other members of Congress for what they did to keep everyone as safe as possible during this bad situation". "We just said a prayer for our colleagues". "You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter".

Congressman Ron DeSantis, who left the scene just before the shooting began, said a man had asked him if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing as he walked to his auto. "He was shot", said Brooks, adding he helped apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers. Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots. "Scalise will continue fighting to protect every citizen's second amendment right to keep and bear arms", a gun rights page on his congressional website promises. "Rep Ruben Kihuen, D-Nevada, said in a tweet, "@HouseDemocrats praying for our @HouseGOP @SenateGOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting".

Later that year, in October 2011, he applauded the Occupy Wall Street protesters in NY and Boston, writing that the demonstrators "are exhausted of our do-nothing Congress doing nothing while our country is going down the tubes".

In 1958, the game had temporarily been put to a halt because it had become "too physical", so clearly the game can mimic the floor of congress from time to time. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in.

The House Republican baseball team has been practising in recent weeks in early mornings at the Alexandria site for Thursday's (Friday NZT) annual congressional baseball game.

"There's certainly no place for violence in it", Rakich said of the game, which raises money for local charities - more than $500,000 past year was split among the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

The quality of play can be patchy at times, but a number of lawmakers have managed to distinguish themselves on the field.

Lawmakers who spoke at the scene to reporters described a normal morning practice, at a field where they've practiced for years, when all of a sudden shots rang out. "And it just went from really sort of a calm, peaceful morning to utter chaos in here".

Gunman Opens Fire As Members Of Congress Practice Baseball