Trump Visits Lawmaker Recovering From Shooting at Baseball Practice in Virginia

James T. Hodgkinson

Scalise and four others were shot and injured in Alexandria, Virginia, during practice for the annual congressional baseball game. "He was shot", said Brooks, adding he helped apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg. "He just came up and gave me a hug", Meehan said.

After news broke, Metairie Indivisible - an Indivisible Project chapter that covers Scalise's district - quickly realigned its priorities for the day. The Democratic baseball team invited the Republican team to the Democratic Club Wednesday night for dinner. Rep. Mike Doyle, the Democratic baseball manager, touched Barton's arm at the podium to console him.

Too many arguments these days, whether at kitchen tables across America or in the well of the House of Representatives, revolve around that premise. Many praised the message of unity, and the appreciation the entire congressional community feels for the Capitol Police.

Scalise, 51, was first elected to the House in 2008 and served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives, before becoming whip in the leadership shuffle that followed the surprise defeat of then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary.

Court records reviewed and obtained by NBC News show that Hodgkinson was charged in 2006 with assaulting his girlfriend.

Members were visibly shaken by the events of Wednesday morning. Democrats won the first games, keeping Republicans from a win until 1916.

Trump also canceled an afternoon event at the Department of Labor. "To my colleagues, you going to hear me say something you have never heard me say before: I identify myself with the remarks of the Speaker", she said, looking to Ryan with a smile. Two now-removed Facebook posts that may have belonged to Hodgkinson were highly critical of Trump. "The people's House - united in our humanity", he said.

The security contingent was there because of who was practicing this morning: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was working with his fellow Republicans to sharpen their batting and fielding. All members of the GOP baseball team have been accounted for.

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"What makes it even more very bad is this is one of the things that's right with this town".

"The field was basically a killing field", said Sen.

Rep. Brad Wenstrop, a GOP Congressman from Cincinnati, rushed to Scalise's aid from where he and several other colleagues had taken cover in a dugout.

"I felt I was back in Iraq but without my weapon", he told Fox News.

"Still I'm hearing no return fire", Brooks said. Members told stories of their colleagues coming to their side. He had found an entry wound for the bullet, but couldn't find the exit wound, and was concerned about internal injuries.

He didn't specifically blame Democrats or progressives, but said the whole country needs to learn from this.

See: Trump Today: President says Obamacare replacement bill to come 'as soon as we can do it.' They were unable to get to him for several minutes.

"Any time we need anything, we go to Steve and he makes it happen", Abraham said.

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"Many people likely would have died this morning if not for the bravery of the Capitol Police", Paul said. Residents were focused on morning workouts and getting coffee; a congressional contingent had driven over for an early baseball practice. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.; and Rep.

Lawmakers said the shooter, who was armed with a rifle, had exchanged fire with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene and was shot before being taken into custody.

After Wednesday's shooting, some lawmakers said they would look into having more security when they gather in large numbers. Richmond, who played college baseball at Morehouse, had been dominant until last year's game.

One congressman at the scene indicated there might have been a political motive in the attack. So, that went off and I thought it was over. I have been interested in it.

"We didn't know if there were other shooters that had us surrounded and would come into the dugout", Arizona Sen.

"I don't think you want to build a barrier between individuals and their constituents or individuals and the public", Perdue said.

Wednesday's shooting was shocking, not because of the number of victims, but rather because of the apparent targets - members of Congress.

Congressional leader badly wounded in shootout
Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. Hodgkinson had been in the area since March, living out of his van, said Washington FBI special agent in charge Tim Slater.

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