Local congressmen say they are shocked, saddened by Alexandria shooting

Claudine Rigal
Juin 15, 2017

As one lawmaker would later note, it could have been a auto backfiring.

In the wake of the shooting, Trump spoke over the phone with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Scalise's wife and his chief of staff, as well as the Capitol Police chief. In a hail of bullets, police killed the gunman.

After the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, where congressional leaders were practicing for an upcoming charity event, eastern North Carolina representatives said they are shocked and saddened by what happened. "But this morning it did".

In recent months, Hodgkinson called Congressman Mike Bost's office at least 10 times with complaints about the Republican's stance on health care and his voting record, Bost said in a statement.

The White House said Trump will speak from the Diplomatic Room at 11:30 a.m.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. "All we would have had would have been baseball bats versus a rifle". On weekdays, locals head off to work and school.

Later, people nearby yell to "shoot him" in the head amid return fire. Homeowners stroll the sidewalks, walking their dogs.

The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team's practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged attempt to disrupt our democracy through violence.

"His question was pointed: "'Excuse me sir, who's practicing today? Many Democrats and Republicans refrained from politicizing the attack or casting it as a referendum on the Second Amendment. But he said he can't see the ball as well as when he was younger, "so I chose to sit this year out". "He said, "OK, thanks" and turned around". And the gunman was over by the third-base dugout with a clear view of the field and everybody on it. Brooks was on deck when the shooting started. She said the officer had gotten out of a parked vehicle, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired. Gravel bounced as shots hit the ground.

They're plodding ahead, hopeful for action but pragmatic enough to know that the latest shooting doesn't dramatically alter the dynamics of their uphill battle.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present, then dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.

The early morning conversation outside a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., struck U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, as "weird" at the time - and chilling later.

"We dove for the dugout, those of us who were on the field still".

"Republican", Duncan said before departing. Pat Meehan, R-Pennsylvania, in the Capitol building this morning, the first thing I did was give him a hug.

"It's so easy to attack Congress and members of Congress", he said.

They discuss calling 911 and decide somebody has already done that.

"We do it for really three reasons".

"I went in and I landed on a congressman, who I don't know who it was, and that probably saved my fall from breaking something", he said.

"That really meant a lot to me", he said. "That's not a fair fight".

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams says a member of his staff was also shot and was receiving medical attention. Scalise, too, was attended to by his colleagues on the field. She thought at first it was a drill or a paintball game. Residents were focused on morning workouts and getting coffee; a congressional contingent had driven over for an early baseball practice. Peoples dropped her belongings and ran back to the Y, banging on the side door until someone let her in. Wenstrup treated Scalise at the scene and told CNN he was concerned about the majority whip.

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