Barton says congressional baseball game will be played as scheduled

15 Juin, 2017, 04:14 | Author: Claudine Rigal

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said the shooting occurred at the field where the Republican baseball team practices.

In the statement, he also said, "My thoughts and prayers are with those that were wounded in this morning's disgusting attack".

MedStar Washington tweeted that House whip Scalise, of Louisiana, is in a critical condition following surgery.

The Capitol Police officers who were injured are "in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point", Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference.

Congressional aide Zachary Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey also were wounded in the rampage.

Scalise is a regular at the annual Celebrity Waiter dinner, where A-listers serve meals in exchange for "tips" that go to the school's coffer.

In a country where there are nearly as many guns as people, gun ownership is fiercely defended by firearms industry lobbyists and Republican politicians, who now control the Senate, the House of Representatives and the White House.

President Trump issued a statement soon after the incident saying, "The vice president and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely".

They weren't at the ball park when the shooting happened, but one Tennessee lawmaker was.

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WBBM's Bob Roberts spoke with neighbor William Schaumleffel, who says Hodgkinson appeared to take target practice on a stand of trees near his home, firing across Schaumleffel's property while Schaumleffel's 6-year-old granddaughter and 3-year-old grandson played outside. He said the pitchers typically do their batting practice near the third-base dugout where the shots began but said "miraculously" no one was standing there Wednesday morning. He said the congressman dragged himself 10 to 15 yards into the outfield to get further away from the gunman. Mika was reportedly suffered the worst of the injuries after being shot in the chest.

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

Falisa Peoples-Tittle had just finished teaching an exercise class at the YMCA and was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot when she heard the shots.

Both officers engaged the shooter with their sidearms, commanding him to drop his weapon as they returned fire. "They never hesitated to put their lives on the line to save everyone". Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said. "He just came up and gave me a hug", Meehan said.

Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound". "Everyone out there was looking out for him, not just me".

The gunman was taken into custody after being wounded in a shootout with Capitol Police, but his motive was not immediately clear.

The White House said Trump will speak from the Diplomatic Room at 11:30 a.m.

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said "saw the shooter".

"My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day", she said in a Twitter message.

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