Republican members of Congress made their way back Wednesday morning to the Capitol still in the baseball clothes they’d been wearing when gunfire broke out at their practice field in a Virginia suburb.
USA president Donald Trump has visited critically-ill party whip Steve Scalise, who was shot by a rifle-wielding attacker as he practised for a charity baseball game.
James Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old man who shot and injured a US Congressman yesterday had been in the Alexandria (US) area since March and was living out of his vehicle.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at the hospital at around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday night, bringing with them bouquets of flowers for the shooting victims. Brooks said he heard as many as 100 shots. He said the police showed up soon after.
“I’ve seen him a couple of times like in the Superdome and I often wondered, ‘Well, why in the hell did he have all those security people with him?” “The aggressive nature of the political environment now is one thing, but when it spills over to violence against a fellow member or anyone in society, it’s just very hard to process”. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him”.
After Trump’s visit, MedStar said Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, had suffered injuries to internal organs and fractured bones during the shooting.
The gunman had a rifle and “a lot of ammo”, said Sen. Federal investigators are working to trace his weapons to find out where they were purchased and other details about their history. Williams tweeted Barth was “receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery”.
He “was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident”, Capitol Police said in a statement. A former congressional aide was hospitalized.
Alexandria area schools are now closed, according to MSNBC. He always drank Budweiser from a can and drank alone, barely speaking to anyone, including the bartenders. “I did not realize at first that that was a gunshot”, he said.
But Mr Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time. The Post reported that he owned a home inspection business. Hodgkinson had a history of lashing out at Republicans and apparently had volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Bernard Sanders’ left-wing presidential campaign past year, had meant to harm Republicans. Many included complaints about the same theme: income inequality. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said.
“It’s pretty well known in the neighborhood who those folks are on the baseball field”, Brooks said. The charges were dismissed later that year, according to the court clerk. She said he was using a long gun and exchanging fire with law enforcement officers, one of whom yelled for her to get down.
Members described Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he had been playing, and lying there until the shooter was neutralized, at which point some of them ran to assist him and apply pressure to the wound until he could be evacuated.