Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

TN leaders and lawmakers react to congressional baseball practice shooting

TN leaders and lawmakers react to congressional baseball practice shooting

Police confirmed the shooter was in custody.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said on the Senate floor.

Scalise describes himself as a strong conservative leader.

A witness who was nearby told reporters the scene was chaotic as police responded. "I went outside at 6:01 and I texted the folks I usually go with and they said they had to leave a little early, they leave by 6, so I went down in the basement to see if another member was driving out", Costello said. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said.

Melania Trump thanked first responders for their response to a gunman who opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. He said more people would have been injured had the officers not been on site. Scalise was shot in the hip, and two Capitol Hill police agents were also shot, he said.

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"Fortunately secret service was here because Steve Scalise was here", he said. Police did not release the suspect's identity. A law enforcement source said the suspect was taken to George Washington University Hospital and there was no information on a motive.

Police say Hodgkinson was carrying an assault weapon similar to an M-4 rifle and a handgun in the attack.

The shooting took place around 7 a.m.in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood, about seven miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C., where a number of lawmakers were practicing for the annual charity congressional baseball game set for Thursday.

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Democrats were scheduled to practice later on Wednesday but that was canceled after the shooting.

Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent working for Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was among those shot, according to a statement from Williams. He added that Scalise is "badly injured" but will "fully recover".

Davis said he and some fellow lawmakers fled the scene after hearing the gunshots.

"We didn't know if there were other shooters that had us surrounded and would come into the dugout", Arizona Sen.

"He was hitting the dirt around us out in right field, so it was a risk to stay and a risk to go, but we chose to go ahead and make a run for it, and we had to climb a couple more fences at that point to get out".

The shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice could have been motivated by heightened partisanship, a Republican congressman who survived the attack told CNN.

Congressman Scalise is a friend - and a very good friend. She said he was using a long gun and exchanging fire with law enforcement officers, one of whom yelled for her to get down.

"It's pretty well known in the neighbourhood who those folks are on the baseball field", Brooks said.

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