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Seeking Normalcy, Congress Heads Back to Work Day After Shooting

16 Juin 2017

"When he started shooting, he was shooting to kill people".

"It's going to show our country's side of resilience", said Oscar Santillana, who's also going to the game. One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle and was released from a hospital, police said.

"It was not only chaotic but it was a combat situation", Alexandria Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters. Landrieu had been scheduled to deliver a speech on race, politics and poverty at the Center for American Progress but chose to move up his travel schedule to attend the game, Landrieu spokesman Tyronne Walker said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater declined to comment on whether the gunman had a vendetta against Republicans.

"We talk and disagree about things as a nation, but it shouldn't elevate to this", he continued.

One woman who bought her ticket after yesterday's shooting told me she wanted just one feel-good moment after everything that has happened.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. Investigators believe that the suspect had been living out of his vehicle.

Here is what a few media outlets are saying about the current political climate and the shooting on Wednesday.

Democrats, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, took the opportunity to call for stricter gun control following Wednesday's shooting. He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

As businessman Trump rose to become the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election, his brash style and outspoken views on immigration and other policies led to mass protests, including on the weekend of his inauguration in January.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

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Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico, who was at the practice but unharmed, tweeted prayers for the victims.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. It's got to stop.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police uniformed and plain-clothed divisions are a constant presence on Capitol Hill.

"All the time he was bleeding and we were under fire, he was texting, texting, letting people know we were under fire and we needed help", said Williams. Lawmakers called for a new dialogue on lowering the partisan temperature, and Trump urged Americans to come together as he assumed the role of national unifier for one of the first times in his presidency. There were 20 House members and two senators present, and the shooting lasted about 10 minutes, said Barton.

Two lawmakers who were at the scene, Representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan, indicated there might have been a political motive in the attack.

Duncan said that as he left the field, the man who would later open fire approached him in the parking lot.

"I can honestly say - I've thought back on this since I met him in 2014 - I've never seen him in a bad mood", Katko, R-Camillus, said. DeSantis gave a similar account.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Capitol Police, which is tasked with providing security for members of Congress when they're in Washington and in their districts, should be given more funding and resources.

Mr Sanders, of Vermont, said in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., assured lawmakers assembled at a members' briefing that the game will be played as scheduled, prompting a standing ovation. "Mo Brooks took his belt off". At least 50 rounds were shot, according to witnesses. He didn't provide specifics on the threats, but said his office has referred the matters to the House Sergeant at Arms, which works with the Capitol Police to identify any security needs.

Seeking Normalcy, Congress Heads Back to Work Day After Shooting