Churches hold vigils for those shot at Congressional Republican baseball practice

Churches hold vigils for those shot at Congressional Republican baseball practice

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen). A FBI Evidence Response Team inspects the third base side of the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practic. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, died in an ensuing shootout with police.

In a national address, Trump appealed for unity following the morning assault in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

The announcer's mention of Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded in the attack Wednesday, brought the masses to their feet.

He needed several blood transfusions, remains in critical condition and will require more operations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said late Wednesday.

"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", hospital officials said in a statement. Roger Williams, one of the Republican coaches, who was present at the practice and injured his ankle as players scrambled for cover.

President Trump visited Congressman Scalise in the hospital.

"He's going to be OK, we hope", Trump said. "Pray for Steve!" Trump tweeted.

Rifle-wielding attacker wounds US Republican leader, killed by police
Steve Scalise is in worse condition than many initially realized the day after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice. Scalise's detail included two members of the Capitol Police who helped bring down the gunman, even though one was shot .

The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, the Alexandria police said on Twitter at 7.30 a.m.

The first congressional baseball game was organized Rep. John Tener of Pennsylvania in 1909 where the Democrats prevailed 26-16.

A Facebook account that appears to belong to Hodgkinson is filled with anti-Republican and anti-Trump posts, as well as expressions of support for former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

As the gunman started shooting, "we heard a loud bang like some big piece of metal dropping, then I heard someone yelling, run", Davis told CNN. "I know we'll be thinking about each of them as they take the field tonight".

"Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

The gunman, who reportedly asked a bystander if Republicans were practicing on the field, fired away from behind a chain-link fence near the third-base dugout. So, representatives from DE (our first state) play on the same team as those from Arkansas (our 25th state) against congressmen from Tennessee (our 16th state) and Colorado (our 38th state).

Doyle said the security is "good anyway" and "we all feel pretty safe".

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Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

During their 20-minute visit to the hospital, Trump sat next to Scalise's bed and spoke with the congressman's family, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and grievously injured while meeting with constituents at a supermarket parking lot in 2011. He later died of his injuries, Trump told the nation from the White House.

"I'm shaken up", Duncan said. "My colleagues were targeted today by someone that wanted to kill them".

"We need to play this baseball game". "There were several security officers that risked their lives".

Scalise, a conservative from the southern state of Louisiana, backs arms rights and last month introduced legislation that relaxes restrictions on interstate gun sales. Scalise and the others had been at the GOP team's baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, when they were shot.

Democrat Nanette Barragan said it will be "bittersweet" when she takes the field for her first congressional baseball game Thursday.

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