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President Trump visits Scalise, other shooting victims at hospital

15 Juin 2017

He remains in critical condition following initial surgery and blood transfusions, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in an update late Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents parts of Killeen and Fort Hood, was evacuated from a baseball field in Virginia early this morning after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team.

President Donald Trump is making an evening visit to the hospital where a USA congressman who was critically wounded Wednesday at baseball practice is receiving treatment.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip", they said in a statement, posted on the 51-year-old's Twitter page.

The shooter, who was shot by Capitol police and later died, has been identified as 66-year-old home inspector James T Hodgkinson from IL.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign previous year.

Flake said Scalise was playing second base at a congressional baseball practice when he was shot by a man standing off the third-base side of the field.

The event raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

Brooks said even after one of the officers was wounded, he limped toward the outfield in an attempt to help Scalise.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who was holding a bat and waiting to hit, briefly hid before diving into the first-base dugout, where about a dozen people had taken cover.

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying the suspect apparently he had been a volunteer on his presidential campaign. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected".

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South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan said he was leaving practice early when the man he believes was the gunman asked him if the players were Democrats or Republicans.

"We were fortunate that Steve was out there, and if he wasn't out there, who knows how many people would have been killed or injured", Grothman said.

The senator says he couldn't see the shooter and wasn't sure where he was or if he was coming towards them.

"A gentleman walked up to us and wanted to know whether there were Republicans or Democrats practising out there", Mr DeSantis told CNN.

The New York Times ran a story Wednesday that included a photograph which showed Hodgkinson protesting outside an IL post office in 2012, with a sign that read, "Tax the rich".

"Republican", Duncan said before departing.

Scalise was in critical condition Wednesday night.

"If it hadn't have been for those two officers", Loudermilk said, "it would have been a carnage".

As far as that game they were practicing for, it's set to go on as planned on Thursday.

Those on the scene said, without the security detail already on hand at the practice, today's shooting could've turned into a massacre. "We're not going to let this guy beat us".