Former Rep. Gabby Giffords tweets response to baseball shooting

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Al., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, recounted their harrowing experiences in television interviews Wednesday morning, saying U.S. Capitol Police officers distracted the shooter and ultimately wounded him, saving more people from being shot.

A congressional staffer was also shot.

Markey, and several other members of Congress from MA, also extolled the Capitol Police, who fired on the shooter, identified as 66-year-old IL man James T. Hodgkinson. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.

He said he spoke to both this morning.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at the same press conference the wounds to his officers "do not appear to be life-threatening at this point".

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Giffords said the shooting is an attack on all who serve and participate in democracy. As a result, the Capitol police assigned the two officers as protection, a move that looks especially wise after the shooting.

Capitol Police were at the scene because of the presence of Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in GOP leadership. The gunman's comment made to Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis right before the mass shooting may indicate a political motive.

President Trump commended the officer's quick response to the shooting. She survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.

Scalise, the House Majority Whip, was shot in the hip, according to Fox News.

Giffords was the target of an assassination attempt while she was hosting a "Congress On Your Corner" event at a Tucson grocery store in 2011. Her award-winning work has appeared in numerous magazine, newspaper, and online publications.

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