Congressman shot at baseball practice

Congressman shot at baseball practice

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was with other Republican members of Congress getting ready for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, scheduled for Thursday in Washington when shots were fired.

A government official identified the shooter as an IL man named James. President Donald Trump condemned the Virginia shooting incident and hoped that injured Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana will fully recover.

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. He was the first to tell the media that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was hit by gunfire.

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries", he said.

President Trump released a statement that he and Vice President Mike Pence have been briefed and are monitoring developments closely.

The Congressional shooter who was identified as IL resident James Hodgkinson, 66, "has now died", according to President Donald Trump, who made the announcement at 11:30 am EDT. He is undergoing surgery at the nearby Medstar Washington Hospital Center and is in stable condition. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

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The gunman is in custody.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois man who shot a top Republican congressman and several other people Wednesday.

"I was not at the baseball field and [I] am fine", wrote U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Rockwall, on Facebook.

President Trump gave voice Wednesday to the the nation's shock and grief, saying the entire country was praying for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others wounded in the shooting at a practice of the Republican congressional baseball team.

The team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted. I am grateful for the courage of the Capitol Police and their quick actions this morning. He says Mika was taken to a hospital and that the company is awaiting word on his condition. Many people likely would have died this morning if not for the bravery of the Capitol Police. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", it said.

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