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Top Republican wounded in US shooting

15 Juin 2017

Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old IL man, was the man responsible for the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, that left House Majority whip Steve Scalise and others injured.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments. Initial reports said that as many as 50 shots had been fired, but Flake said, "50 would be an understatement".

Brooks said there were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers lying on the ground, and at least one of them was wounded.

"I hear loud explosions. He was dragging his body from second base", Brooks said. "He's shooting back across the in field at the man with the rifle". Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the field when she heard "a lot of shots, probably more than 20".

Representative. Rodney Davis said had U.S. Capitol Police not been on the scene, the scene "would have been a massacre". "Had they not been there, it would've been a massacre... And then [Congressman] Brad [Wenstrup] from OH, who's a doctor, ran out there and we cut away the uniform and got some gauze", Flake said.

"The level of vitriol nationwide has been quite high", Katko said.

When asked to describe what the mood at the field was like, Wenstrup told the network, "We were upbeat, getting ready for a game".

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

Trump said Scalise, two Capitol Police officers and two others were wounded in the shooting.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Sc., and Rep. Ron Desantis, R-Fl., were getting into Duncan's auto when the man asked them about the political affiliation. "Please pray for my colleagues, I am unsure of their condition". He said, "Okay, thanks" and turned around.

Both of Montana's Senators, Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester, were in Washington the time of the shooting.

Ryan urged lawmakers to show that "we are one big family" and praised the police officers who immediately reached the scene and engaged the shooter. Scalise is expected to survive. 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.

"He will recover from this assault and, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world", Trump said.

Top Republican wounded in US shooting