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Gunman Opens Fire on GOP Congressional Baseball Practice

15 Juin 2017

Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.

"The United States Capitol Police is dedicated to its mission to protect the U.S. Capitol, members of Congress, staff and the visiting public", said Verderosa, "today we saw how our officers' extensive training and quick response saved lives". Officials said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

"Steve Scalise dragged himself off the outfield into the infield", Flake said.

The Louisiana representative was one of five people shot during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning. Hodgkinson began firing after asking the group if they were "Democrats or Republicans". The popular annual face-off was scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who was tending to a wounded aide, said the officers were "90 to 120 feet away", which favored a rifleman over the officers, who were armed with handguns. "My thoughts and prayers are with my colleague @SteveScalise, those injured, and their families".

A Washington hospital says the congressman shot during a baseball practice is in critical condition following surgery. "Two of them got shot".

The shooting shattered the quiet Del Rey neighborhood, where a police vehicle with the driver-side window shot out can still be seen directly next to ball field. Blue jeans and a blue shirt. "And when an assailant has a semi-automatic rifle, he has the odds". He laid on the ground and took cover during the approximately 10 minutes of gunfire.

"It was scary", Barton said.

His two sons were present at the game. "But it seems particularly sad, though any violent death of course is sad, but particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together, and we were prepared to come together tomorrow night that this assault would be made", Pelosi said.

"He ran around for quite a while with a leg wound, returning fire." . His office issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that Scalise was in stable condition and "good spirits".

Trump said he talked to Scalise's wife, Jennifer, and pledged "full and absolute support - anything she needs".

"This could be the first political rhetorical terrorist attack and that has to stop", Rep. Rodney Davis told CNN's Brianna Keilar.

"All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot". She said the officer had gotten out of a parked vehicle, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired. It was not known the condition of the others who were shot. The two officers are also recovering in the hospital.

The staunch conservative is among the lawmakers leaving the drive to repeal former president Barack Obama's signature health care law, among other top Republican priorities.

Gunman Opens Fire on GOP Congressional Baseball Practice