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Melania thanks first responders after U.S. baseball shooting

15 Juin 2017

"My thoughts and prayers to everyone!" the first lady tweeted shortly after news broke of a gunman shooting a senior Republican lawmaker and several others gathered to practice for the game in Virginia, US.

The gunman, who had posted angry messages against US President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media, opened fire on the group at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington.

The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson III, a 66-year-old white male from IL, opened a barrage of gunfire at a congressional baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia. Sanders denounced the shooting, saying on the Senate floor that he was "sickened by this despicable act".

MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip.

The shooter is a man with a violent criminal history and police believe he volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

"We will use this occasion as one that brings us together", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI), who represents the Upper Peninsula, is on that baseball team. He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police armed with pistols who were at the scene, lawmakers said.

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On her front porch just across the street from the field, Reba Winstead heard a dozen shots.

Alexandria police said a suspect in the shooting was in custody. Congressional and law enforcement sources described it as a "deliberate attack". A US Capitol Police officer who was also hurt in the gun attack was also receiving treatment at the facility, situated about three miles northeast of the White House.

Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at bat at the time, and Scalise was in the field at second base.

"We must all join hands and work to prevent this level of violence", he said".

The White House cancelled a scheduled public appearance by President Trump on Wednesday as a result of the shooting.

"Maybe 7-10 total", said Jordan Powell, a Dallas-based Republican consultant who runs RedRight Strategies.

Scalise was in critical condition after suffering damage to internal organs, and his injuries will require additional operations, according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical update late Wednesday. "My colleagues were targeted today by someone that wanted to kill them". He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature. "This annual game has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and, it has been decided, it will go on and be played Thursday night". "But it's going to be in my pocket from this day forward", Collins said.