Trump Visits Scalise In Hospital After GOP Baseball Practice Shooting

Trump Visits Scalise In Hospital After GOP Baseball Practice Shooting

President Trump visited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Wednesday night at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the Republican congressman is being treated for gunshot wounds after the morning shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.

"We want to express our appreciation for the men and women who run towards danger especially the Capitol Police and Alexandria City Police - without their presence this morning it could have been even worse", organizers said.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Rep. Steve Scalise's wife, Jennifer, to offer his support to the family.

The business of the House is resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game.

Representative Mo Brooks told CNN he heard a "bam" and then a quick succession of shots and saw the gunman shooting through the holes in a chain-link fence.

Paul said the fearless officers returned fire - and one of them was still "protecting the scene" after being shot.

He released a statement saying, "my prayers are with my good friends and D.C. roommate Steve Scalise".

Palmer, who was playing shortstop and about 20 yards from Scalise at second base, suggested that the gunman may have been targeting Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly, who was near him at third base. The Times-Picayune will be in Washington to track changes in Scalise's condition and any developments with the Louisiana delegation and the investigation. "He was going after elected officials".

The shooting happened in the 400 block of E. Monroe Street.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) told the Herald he was near first base and the dugout when shots rang out. There was about a dozen shots. Then there was more shooting.

In a statement, President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely.

Steve Scalise is the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House, and has the hard job of trying to keep order in the fractious party ranks and rounding up votes for bills.

Barth described the scene as "chaos", adding he might not have made it through without the heroic actions of the police officers on the scene.



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