Top Republican Wounded in US Shooting

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said he had been told that Hodgkinson had served as a volunteer with his campaign.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at the plate at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base. President Trump later said the suspect was killed in the ensuing shootout. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

US Congressman Steve Scalise is in surgery at a Washington hospital after being shot in the hip during a congressional baseball practice, his office says.

Scalise, a popular and gregarious lawmaker, is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative baseball bats to fellow lawmakers when he secured the No. 3 job of House whip several years ago.

"I think if we can have really tough robust debates - we've had them since the beginning - you have the fights, but I think have them over policy, have them over principle, and not view someone who may dissent from you as a heretic", he said. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said the wounded officers were in good condition. The man thanked him. "You've got to acknowledge that what you see when you drive across Louisiana is not what you see when you drive across St. Tammany", she said. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy. The House's top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, echoed Ryan's message.

"I was in a jam here in the House because I'm a delegation of one, and I needed some Republicans to help us", said Welch.

The gunman, identified as IL man James Hodgkinson, 66, on Wednesday fired repeatedly at the men playing on a field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, DC.

"An attack on a member of Congress or any American is an attack on all of us", she said in a statement.

A scream rang out from second base, Brooks said. And Steve Scalise went down - and dragged himself off of the infield into the outfield, about 10 or 15 yards, and was laying motionless out there. "We do it for charity", Barton said.

Representative. Rodney Davis said had U.S. Capitol Police not been on the scene, the scene "would have been a massacre". "But now they have to worry if you're going to get shot".

"One of our security detail was shooting back, but it was our pistol versus the shooter's rifle", Brooks said. "If you were to run out while the killer was still shooting, he could have shot anybody", he told reporters.

"This is a charity baseball game", Barton said.

Barton and his two sons escaped injury during the shooting.

They're plodding ahead, hopeful for action but pragmatic enough to know that the latest shooting doesn't dramatically alter the dynamics of their uphill battle.

Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

Two members of the Capitol Police - Crystal Griner and David Bailey- were also injured. Mika was hospitalized, his condition unclear.

After the gunfire stopped, Sen.

Reba Winstead lives near the scene of the shooting, and says she heard at least 30 shots as she was getting her daughter dressed for school. Witnesses said the shooter asked which political party the players belonged to before opening fire.

"He was just very calm".

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said he feels adequately protected at the Capitol complex and feels no need to carry a gun there. But with 535 members of the House and Senate, lawmakers said it is unlikely rank-and-file members will get security details unless there is a specific threat.

Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, echoed Jenkins' words at a Wednesday press conference.

Barletta recalled former Arizona Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords being severely injured in a 2011 shooting during a public meeting in a Safeway parking lot.

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