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After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing

15 June 2017

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. "He was shooting people as far away as right field". Scalise was in stable condition.

Hodgkinson was 66 years old, according to multiple sources online.

The shooter died in custody as a result of wounds he suffered during the incident, President Donald Trump said in a brief statement in which he called for national unity.

In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, said one of his staff members, legislative correspondent Zack Barth, was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention.

The events left the capital horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics.

However, an official said Trump may only meet with Scalise's family, because the congressman may not be well enough for a visit. Scalise was among five people who were sent to the hospital. In this image from House Television video, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks Wednesday, June 14, 2017, on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington, as he talks about the shooting at the Republican congressional base.

A House Democratic aide said it was his understanding that Bailey was not shot, but had twisted his ankle during the attack.

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If they cancelled the game, Williams said it would let the people like Hodgkinson, who want to destroy America, win.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said.

After he first was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, Scalise joined the Republican baseball team, saying it was a good way for a newcomer to make connections. The popular and gregarious lawmaker is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative bats when he secured the No. 3 job of House whip several years ago. A former congressional aide was hospitalized. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the annual congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

The charity game will go ahead as scheduled at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.

He didn't specifically blame Democrats or progressives, but said the whole country needs to learn from this.

Hodgkinson's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Brooks said he heard a "loud explosion" and saw a middle-aged man with a rifle as he looked down the third-base line.

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Federal investigators are conducting emergency traces on two firearms - a rifle and a handgun - in connection with the shooting in Virginia, an ATF spokesman tells NPR's Carrie Johnson.

There was even a man who went to a pizzeria in Washington and fired shots inside because he believed a completely fabricated story about a child-sex ring.

Brooks said the assailant "was trying to take out our security detail" before he turned to lawmakers.

The shooter continued to fire a semi-automatic weapon as lawmakers and their staff members ran in various directions to escape the barrage of bullets, he said.

Another Republican described how people huddled in terror in the dugout, not knowing whether the gunman might move in their direction and pin them down in an enclosed area: "We didn't know if there were other shooters that had us surrounded and would come into the dugout", Arizona Sen.

Shortly after the shooting, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., received an email. The man thanked him.

In October 2011, he applauded the Occupy Wall Street protesters in NY and Boston, writing that the demonstrators "are exhausted of our do-nothing Congress doing nothing while our country is going down the tubes". While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and regularly appear in public without protection.

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Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee passed the shooter on his way into the dugout to hide.

After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing