Republicans and Democrats alike were shocked and saddened to learn that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot Wednesday morning while practicing for a charity baseball game.
The Republican lawmaker was treated at a Washington hospital Wednesday after a single rifle shot struck his hip during a shooting attack at a GOP congressional baseball practice in suburban Virginia.
(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. Scalise, of Louisiana, underwent surgery Wednesday night to fix a broken hip and another procedure to stem heavy bleeding.
Trump added that he visited Scalise and his family at the hospital Wednesday night, and "reassured them that the entire country is pulling for them, praying for them".
Mr Trump visited the hospital late on Wednesday and said Mr Scalise was "in some trouble".
Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left".
Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.
On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time".
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Other lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress . For Hodgkinson , a Bernie Sanders supporter, to fire a hail of bullets at Republicans is "despicable", Pelosi said.
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Bradley Byrne said the incident should serve as a reminder of the "hard work, dedication, and sacrifice" of the Capitol Police. Mo Brook described Scalise has having a "hip wound" and the congressman "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".
But when 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois was later identified as the suspected shooter, DeSantis confirmed that Hodgkinson was the same man who had approached him. We've had a very. very divided country for many years.
MedSTAR hospital has not issued an update on Scalise's condition last night when they said he was in critical but stable condition.
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inspect the crime scene after a shooting during a practice of the Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Virginia.
"My prayer is we can resolve our differences in a way that furthers the preamble to the constitution takes us closer to E pluribus Unum", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The shooting has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn fresh attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects America's political polarization. A lobbyist, a congressional aide and a Capitol Police officer also were shot, while a second officer was struck by shrapnel.
The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity dates back to 1909, and became popular enough by 1928 to be broadcast on the radio, according to a history of the game listed on a dedicated website.
The last time a U.S. politician was shot was when Democrat Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and grievously injured while meeting with constituents at a supermarket vehicle park in 2011. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice.