Virginia Shooting: Republican Lawmaker Steve Scalise Critical, Needs More Operations

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But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time.

"I hear loud explosions". Barton is the baseball team's manager.

"We got off the field and took cover behind a large oak tree", Rep. Palmer said.

Security measures are stepped up around the Capitol in response to the shooting.

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is recovering after being shot says the congressman remains in critical condition and will require several more operations. And it was clear that there was a gunman.

Mr. Williams hurt his own ankle diving into the dugout to try to escape the gunman's fire. He hit Steve Scalise.

"The only thing I was concerned about was that it was such a high-powered gun, and that somebody could possibly get hurt".

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona lawmaker shot during a 2011 assassination attempt, on Wednesday said her "heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the U.S. Capitol Police - public servants and heroes today and every day".

"God bless the police and first responders for their bravery and for taking quick action to ensure that this tragedy wasn't worse", she said, adding, "I hope the outcome of this tragedy will be unity, where we put our partisan differences aside and recognize that we are all here for a common objective". And sometime after that, the assault on the congressional team ended. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition". He added that Scalise was bleeding "quite a bit".

The gunman, identified by law officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout. No other deaths have been reported from the shooting.

Mr. Scalise was out of surgery and was in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Photographer Marty LaVor was a witness to the shooting.

A baseball game was scheduled for Thursday, according to Roll Call.

"He said, 'I understand, ' and said he needed to take the gun to a range to shoot it", Watson said.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said. Five people were shot. So, that went off and I thought it was over. Telling the story later, his trousers were still scuffed and muddy and his elbows were scratched and bandaged.

"I'm sorry I wasn't there for you", said Rooney when asked if he had a message for Scalise.

"As we get into this debate, that we not retreat into partisan quarters, " Baldwin said, "and look at this as a collective challenge we have to be effective and accessible representatives of the people who sent us to Washington to their business". Some 50 shots were reportedly fired. Another lawmaker and police officer also received minor "secondary" injuries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said at a Wednesday evening news conference.

Brooks and two senators hid behind a plastic wrap around on the field before running to the first base dugout where others had gathered.

He later gave a statement to investigators, in which he described an individual he saw as he was leaving the eventual shooting scene. "That's not a fair fight".

Barton says Kelly was playing third base. That's, a long lasting impression I'll always have. They have a rifle. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.

The incident happened while Republican members were at a Congressional baseball practice near the YMCA.

"We will play for charity, but also for the victims and the heroic officers who took down the shooter", he said via Twitter.

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