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Politicians take to Twitter to condemn Alexandria shooting

15 Juin 2017

The bravery and quick response of U.S. Capitol Police prevented Wednesday's shooting at a Northern Virginia baseball field from becoming a "massacre", congressmen at the center of the terrifying ordeal said.

Mr Trump said the assailant who shot Representative Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died.

Hodgkinson had also volunteered for Vermont Sen.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

The Washington Post, citing law enforcement officials, reported Hodgkinson was the owner of a home inspection business but he did not renew his home inspection license, which expired in November.

New Orleans Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is recovering from a gunshot wound to the hip, as he underwent surgery this morning. He said he grabbed Scalise's phone to call his wife. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

When the shooting started earlier that morning, he was playing second base, his normal position on the congressional baseball team. According to both congressional and law enforcement sources, the shooting appears to be a "deliberate attack". "So even though he's wounded. he's trying to make sure Steve Scalise is going to be ok".

He repeatedly praised the Capitol Police officers and first responders who quickly mobilized to the softball field where the Republican baseball team was practicing ahead of Thursday night's charity game against a Democratic team.

The alleged shooter was injured in a shootout with police, including two members of a dignitary protection unit of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), still in his "Republicans" baseball uniform, told reporters on the Hill that the officers kept the shooter from moving forward, "We were like sitting ducks in the dugout". "It's really raw at this moment", Slater said. The annual game has been played since 1909. Lawmakers who were at the practice said the shootings could have been much worse if the security detail was not there.

Scalise, No. 3 in the House of Representatives Republican leadership, was shot in the hip at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

Brooks also said the shooter shot two officers working protective detail for the Congress members at the event.

Once the gunman was down, Flake ran to Scalise and tended to him. He told CNN that he tried to help Scalise, saying, "We used my belt to help put a tourniquet around his leg". "My first thoughts go to the heroism of the Capitol Police that were there and responding immediately in a manner that likely saved the lives of a number of people", Meehan said. "It would have been a massacre without them".

The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Scalise, capitol police and all those affected by this tragedy", Inhofe said in a tweet.

"May all Americans come together today with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to go about every day making this country its best", she said in a statement. He said he did so to ensure that Mrs. Scalise would not find out about the shooting through the media.

Politicians take to Twitter to condemn Alexandria shooting