Democratic congressional baseball team sheltered for an hour after learning of shooting

Posted June 15, 2017

He repeatedly praised the Capitol Police officers and first responders who quickly mobilized to the softball field where the Republican baseball team was practicing ahead of Thursday night's charity game against a Democratic team.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), a member of the GOP baseball squad who was on the scene during Wednesday morning's shooting, said Congress should explore allowing lawmakers to carry weapons to defend themselves. He later died from his injuries, President Donald Trump said.

The FBI has taken control of the investigation. The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, from IL, was also wounded after trading fire with police. The motive for this shooting is still unknown, according to an AP report.

He was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle but the charges were later dismissed, records show.

Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.

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Yoder took to Twitter to commend the U.S. Capitol Police, who returned fire on the gunman and wounded him.

Authorities confirmed that Capitol Police officers were on scene when the shooting happened and exchanged gunfire with the shooter. Our courageous Capitol Police performed a challenging job with incredible skill and their sacrifice makes democracy possible. Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tysons Food in its Washington office. We are very fortunate that the Capitol Police were on the scene, and that the Alexandria Police Department and first responders who also arrived nearly immediately.

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"This hatefulness that we see in this country today over policy differences has got to stop", he said. "He said, 'I'm thirsty.' Obviously, you don't know how much fluid he may be losing internally". I hope the victims all make a quick and full recovery.

Alexandria, Va., police said five people were transported to the hospital and a suspect was in custody.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., issued a statement after news outlets reported that the shooter had volunteered for Sanders' presidential campaign. "Praying for him, Capitol Police and the others injured as this horrific news comes in", tweeted Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI).

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", his office said.

"Those two Capitol Police are wonderful individuals", McCarthy said. But Ryan said members of Congress are hoping the game is still on.

It also highlights their vulnerability when they are in public. "I am okay. Please join me in praying for Steve Scalise and the others who were injured".

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