Louisiana Congressman Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

15 Juin, 2017, 04:18 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Louisiana Congressman Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

The officers were able to return fire and kill suspect James T. Hodgkinson.

Scalise, a representative from Louisiana, is the House of Representatives Majority Whip, making him the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House.

A Republican congressman on the party's congressional baseball team fought back tears Wednesday as he reflected on his teammates' camaraderie in the face of horrific violence.

It provided no further details about him. Five people were wounded during the shooting, including Scalise, a House staffer, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and two Capitol police officers. President Trump announced the suspect died hours after the incident.

A staff member of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was among those shot, according to a statement from his office.

Scalise underwent surgery Wednesday morning.

Members of the protective detail for Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., are being hailed as heroes Wednesday, shining a spotlight on the little-known police force that guards the Capitol and prominent members of Congress.

Scalise is stable and is expected to make a full recovery.

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The congressman is asking that people respect Barth's privacy. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said the baseball practice session was nearly over when the shooting occurred on the field, he said.

A local resident who posted a video of the scene after the shooting said, "There were probably about 80 to 100 shots fired over there". Bailey has been released from the hospital.

"Republicans and Democrats need to use this day today to stand together and say stop", he said. "We said it was Republicans and he kind of started walking to the field", U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis told Fox Business Network.

"We were doing batting practice", said Sen.

"All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot".

When the gunfire popped in the northern Virginia baseball diamond Wednesday morning, Senator Jeff Flake took cover in the first base dugout as he watched a congressional colleague bleeding in the field. Margaret O'Brien, after taking in the news about the shooting during a congressional baseball practice in Washington, D.C. that injured at least five, called on her MI senate colleagues to exercise civility in their own political realm. "But if we didn't have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank".

"It was scary", he said. Though they said there was no longer an active threat, all Alexandria schools are on "lock-in" status and police are advising residents to stay away from the area.


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    Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business, which he dissolved on January 10, according to Secretary of State corporate records. The charity game will go ahead as scheduled at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.
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The suspected gunman was among those injured. "Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police", Paul said on CNN . Hodgkinson , 66, of Belleville, Ill. "He asked me who was practicing this morning, Republicans or Democrats, and I said".