Illinois Republican: Shooter Contacted Our Office 10 Times in Past Year

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Trump said.

Clark recalled Hodgkinson as someone who could occasionally get heated on the golf course.

Hodgkinson apparently wrote many letters to the editor of his local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, which published almost two dozen of them between 2010 and 2012.

Lawmaker Jeff Duncan said he was leaving the practice when he was approached by a man he later learned was the shooter, who asked if the team was Republican or Democrat before heading toward the field.

Scalise is in critical condition at a Virginia hospital after being shot in the hip by 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Lawmaker Steve Scalise, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was injured in a shooting incident in the suburbs of the USA capital on Wednesday morning.

Trump and Melania also met Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and his wife.

"We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good", Trump said. "And Steve Scalise was one of the first to reach to me and say 'Peter, whatever I can do to help I will'". Congressional and law enforcement sources described it as a "deliberate attack".

"He's a patriot and he's a fighter". And, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation and, frankly, the entire world.

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone about the shooting. Spicer noted that Trump does not plan to attend the congressional baseball game today due to security and logistical concerns. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. The assailant, prepared with "a lot of ammo", fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died. Williams tweeted Barth was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was in the batting cage when he said the first of the 50 to 60 shots hit, told MSNBC, "Everybody probably would have died" if the Capitol Police officers weren't there protecting a member of leadership.

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