Congressional baseball practice shooting: What we know about the victims

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was hit in the shooting

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". "America doesn't give out, America doesn't give in, and we must play this baseball game, if we don't play this baseball game we go home, then they win", Congressman Williams said.

A shooting that took place at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning might have been dramatically worse if House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had not been present, according to some congressmen involved in the incident.

The hospital where Scalise is recovering after being shot said the congressman remains in critical condition and will require several more operations.

"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", a statement said. One Capitol Hill police officer also suffered a gunshot wound and another officer suffered a non-gunshot injury, an official said.

He "was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident", Capitol Police said in a statement.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", Scalise's office said in a statement. She said he was using a long gun and exchanging fire with law enforcement officers, one of whom yelled for her to get down. Hodgkinson, who is from IL, is dead.

Online, Hodgkinson had posted several anti-Trump political comments.

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", the shooter's brother told the newspaper.

"He was in the outfield", Williams said about Barth during a news conference on Wednesday. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson had apparently been among many volunteers on his 2016 campaign.

"Let me be as clear as I can be".

The shooting occurred one day before the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which is scheduled for June 15 at Nationals Park.

But the 4th District Republican said stepped-up security for congressional members must be balanced against the need to meet with those they represent.

After an all-members briefing where Democrats and Republicans held hands and prayed, House Speaker Paul Ryan and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi addressed the somber chamber and proclaimed lawmakers were "united". The president urged the nation to forget its political differences and rally to support victims of the shooting in Alexandria, Va.

Brooks told CNN that during batting practice he heard a "bam" and then a quick succession of shots and saw the gunman shooting through the holes in a chain link fence. "So it's very sobering, and I'm sure we'll have to grapple with it".

"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police", Paul said on CNN. "He asked me who was practicing this morning, Republicans or Democrats, and I said: 'That's the Republicans practicing, '" Duncan told reporters.

"I'm shaken up", Duncan said. Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.

Barton had arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform. The assailant, prepared with "a lot of ammo", fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.

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