Ivanka Trump Calls for National Unity After Virginia Shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, hospital says

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, hospital says

In an interview with MSNBC Senator Rand Paul (KY) recounted a "rapid succession of shots.five or ten shots" and saw "Representative Scalise shot but moving".

Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed media reports that 66-year-old IL man James T Hodgkinson was the assailant and had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign last year.

In a White House speech addressed to the nation, President Trump stated on Wednesday that Hodgkinson died from injuries sustained during the shooting.

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Flake said Scalise was playing second base at the practice when he was shot by a man standing off the third-base side of the field.

Trump went on to say that everyone on that baseball field are public servants who love their country.

Scalise's position as whip in the Republican-controlled House makes him one of the most senior figures in Congress.

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Within minutes of the first gunshots, Alexandria police on Twitter said the suspect was in custody and was not a threat, adding that victims were taken to hospitals.

Scalise and several other GOP leaders and staff fembers were practicing for a bipartisan Congressional baseball game scheduled for Thursday evening.

Scalise's office issued a statement saying the congressman was undergoing surgery but was in stable condition.

He is in stable condition at a Washington D.C. hospital. "So finally when I heard someone said "the shooter is down" I ran out to Steve, and put pressure on the wound".

Capitol Police chief Matthew Verderosa said during a news conference that the wounded officers are in good condition and had injuries not considered life-threatening.

According to the Associated Press, Rep. Mo Brooks (R) from Alabama said several other people were also hit, including two law enforcement officers. This is incredibly sad, but I am also so grateful for the extraordinarily courageous Capitol Police officers who put themselves in harm's way to prevent a massacre. Paul told the network that Capitol Police officers saved many lives.

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", the president said in a statement released by the White House.

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