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Gunman dead after attacking congressmen at Virginia baseball field

Gunman dead after attacking congressmen at Virginia baseball field

Scalise underwent surgery earlier on Wednesday for wounds sustained in the shooting and the hospital said, after the surgery, that he remained in critical condition. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding.

"He will require additional operations".

Several other Republican lawmakers were also present at the time at the facility, about 13 km from the Capitol.

Scalise is the first member of Congress shot since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was attacked in 2011.

President Trump visited Congressman Scalise in the hospital. Slater said he would only confirm that Hodgkinson had a rifle and a handgun.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Hodgkinson "apparently" volunteered on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

The gunman's social media posts displayed strong anti-Trump sentiment.

Members of congress and their staff went to a Virginia field to practice for a charity baseball tournament. But he said news of the shooting came "totally out of the blue".

"I am sickened by this despicable act", he said in a statement delivered on the Senate floor. "Let me be as clear as I can be".

"Are these Republicans or Democrats?" the shooter reportedly asked before opening fire, according to news reports.




Lawmakers noted their good fortune in having armed security on hand - "Thank God", they exclaimed over and over - and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll.

Trump and Melania also met Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife.

Scalise was struck in the hip as he was playing second base.

"For all the noise and fury, we are a family".

Mika's family described him as "a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game".

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said the two wounded police officers do not have life-threatening injuries. He later died at a hospital from his injuries.

Rep Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting.

"I think this brings out an enjoyment which you can't necessarily have if you're sitting in the Congressional chamber", Rep. Meehan R-PA said. "My colleagues were targeted today by somebody who wanted to kill them".

Barton had arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform.

Trump says in a televised statement from the White House that while the political parties may have their differences, it's worth remembering that everyone who serves in Washington is here because they love the United States.


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