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'There Was a Trail of Blood:' Senator Recalls Chaos of Shooting, Aftermath

'There Was a Trail of Blood:' Senator Recalls Chaos of Shooting, Aftermath

Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, headed into surgery at a hospital in Washington at 10 a.m., according to a statement from his office.

During their 20-minute visit to the hospital, Trump sat next to Scalise's bed and spoke with the congressman's family, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

On the other side of the political aisle, Scalise has forged a close relationship with President Donald Trump, working together on the House health care bill and a pending effort to overhaul the tax code.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the Republican baseball team, was hospitalized Wednesday after a gunman opened fired while Republican members of Congress were practicing Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia ahead of the annual charity baseball game. He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police at the scene and later died.

According to legislators at the scene, Scalise was standing at second base when he was shot.

He dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before colleagues could rush to his assistance.

Rep. Steve Scalise remains in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital after suffering gunshot wounds Wednesday morning.

T. Hodgkinson, a resident of IL. He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria area in recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", the president said.




Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan said he had been joking and talking trash to Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan since striking him out on a curveball past year.

"Thank God", they exclaimed over and over, and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll. The president and first lady Melania Trump brought two bouquets of flowers to the hospital.

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called Scalise a "friend, colleague and fighter for the people of Louisiana".

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

"Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society", he said.

Scalise, married with two children, was first elected to the U.S. House in 2008, representing a district that includes some New Orleans suburbs and bayou parishes.

He said he was talking to a volunteer coach, Larry Hardy, with his back to the shooter. However, following surgery, the hospital announced that he was in critical condition. While we don't yet fully know the motive behind this shameful act of evil, there is no doubt the heroism of the Capitol Police saved lives this morning.

Police confirmed in tweets that it was investigating reports of a "multiple shooting".

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), who was not at the practice session in Alexandria, issued statements promising thoughts and prayers from him and his wife, Jane.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told CNN people scattered when the shooting began.


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