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Trump decries shooting of top Congressman, calls for unity

15 June 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said in remarks from the White House that the gunman who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice has died of his injuries after a shootout with the police. President Trump, in his remarks, stressed that all those who serve in Washington do so for love of country.

A government official identified the shooter as an IL man named James.

"He will recover from this assault, Trump said, then speaking directly to the wounded whip: "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".

Offering prayers for the victims' "swift recovery", President Trump praising the officers' "heroism" during the attack.

A grave Donald Trump called on Americans to unify after the shooting of a Republican lawmaker and three other people Wednesday at a baseball field, striking a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

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The gunman began firing during a baseball practice for Republican lawmakers.

"America is praying for you, and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting", President Trump said.

Officials said that several other people were also wounded. "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".

It was the first time that he assumed the presidential responsibility of addressing the nation after a shooting.

"Our courageous Capitol police perform a challenging job with incredible skill", Trump said.

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In a break from many of President Barack Obama's speeches after a shooting, Trump made no mention of gun regulations.

"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", President Trump said. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co".

But the White House quickly cleared Mr Trump's schedule of political events and prepared remarks that could have been made by nearly any president.

President Trump canceled public events on Wednesday after the shooting.

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