Trump calls for unity after Scalise shooting

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Scalise had surgery Wednesday morning at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

USA representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan had ducked out of baseball practice early on Wednesday when a middle-aged man in the parking lot asked them if the players in red shirts on the field were Republicans or Democrats. His office released a statement describing the majority whip as being in good spirits. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Scalise was doing well after surgery.

Witnesses earlier said Scalise was felled by a bullet to his hip, and crawled across the field during the shooting.

Authorities say the gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, carried a handgun and an assault rifle similar to an M-4.

Former GOP staffer and current lobbyist Matt Mika, two responding police officers and congressional staffer Zack Barth were shot as well, notes The Washington Post.

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Governor Charlie Baker in a statement said "Our thoughts are with Steve Scalise and the other victims of today's shocking D.C. shooting".

The shooter was a member of several anti-Republican groups, and reportedly volunteered for Sen.

A Facebook page believed to belong to Hodgkinson includes pictures of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rants against Trump and Republicans. "I heard the bang, I saw the rifle behind the third base dugout".

"My colleagues, there are so many memories from this day that we will want to forget and there are so many images that we will not want to see again", Ryan said.

"Because even with two professionals returning fire, they were both shot".

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She said the officer had gotten out of a parked vehicle , drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired. America is praying for all the victims of this awful shooting, Mr Trump said, describing it as a "very, very brutal assault".

A person who lived near the ballpark and asked not to be identified said he estimated that at least 80 to 100 rounds of ammunition was sacked.

News of Wednesday morning's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia brought Beacon Hill to a pause.

"It is clear to me, based on eyewitness accounts, that without these heroes, Agents Bailey and Griner, many lives would have been lost", Ryan said during a speech from the House floor. It is unclear if Hodgkinson was aiming for Scalise, but given the shooter's vantage point, it is possible his missed rounds hit the Republican whip. "People come together", she said.

The event has raised questions about the security of members of Congress. We are lucky Scalise was there because it was his security detail.

The last time a politician was shot was when Democrat Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and gravely injured while meeting constituents at a supermarket auto park in 2011.

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