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Congressman's shooting first test for Trump-era gun debate

15 June 2017

A Washington hospital says the congressman shot during a baseball practice is in critical condition following surgery.

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen). A FBI Evidence Response Team inspects the third base side of the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practic.

That's according to the New York Republican's spokeswoman, Hannah Andrews, who said her office alerted Capitol Police.

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was hit in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

The assault left five people injured, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, who was listed in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after undergoing surgery. "Our team moved into our dugout and huddled up in a prayer for them", he said.

[Alleged gunman James. T.] Hodgkinson was shot and killed by law enforcement officers.

"I mean, I've only been in Congress for 10 years and I've had two of my friends shot", Murphy added.

The Republican lawmaker who represented Hodgkinson's hometown said he was "always angry" about the GOP agenda, but "never crossed the line". Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

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In a statement from the White House, President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died of his injuries.

"All the chances to interact with each other outside our suits, and outside floor debate, are few and far between", said Doyle, who manages the Democratic baseball team. No one else was in custody, he said.

Authorities believe Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a cargo van and not working, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said. Investigators believe that the suspect had been living out of his vehicle.

He did, however, acknowledge the shooting on Twitter by asking for prayers for the people involved.

But the issue for which Scalise has made no apology is gun control.

Hodgkinson's Facebook posts tell you all that you need to know about his political orientation.

As businessman Trump rose to become the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election, his brash style and outspoken views on immigration and other policies led to mass protests, including on the weekend of his inauguration in January.

Despite the shooting, the annual congressional baseball game will go ahead Thursday as planned at Nationals Park.

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And had it not been for the police, he said, the politicians would've had little chance against the shooter. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong.

"This has got to stop". The NRA urged voters to support President Donald Trump.

Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity.

"This is not about more guns, which we know would not have prevented this event in spite of the presence of Congressman Scalise's armed detail", said the group Sandy Hook Promise.

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged his colleagues "to come together to lift each other up and to show the country, show the world that we are one House, the people's House, united in our humanity".

The shooting happened shortly after 7 a.m.

Members of Congress were practicing for a game when a gunman started shoot.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, said he encountered a man in the parking lot near the field, later identified as the gunman, who "asked me if the team practicing was a Democrat or Republican team".

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"I would try to chat him up and say stuff, but he never looked back at me", Brennwald said. DeSantis gave a similar account. "Let me be as clear as I can be-violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", he said. Senator Mike Rounds doesn't think increasing security for lawmakers is the answer.

Congressman's shooting first test for Trump-era gun debate