Congressional ballgame to go on despite shooting

Scalise and members of the Capitol police force were shot during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game, reports CNN.

President Trump made an unscheduled visit to see Rep. Steve Scalise in the hospital Wednesday, after the House Majority Whip was critically wounded by a gunman during Wednesday morning baseball practice.

Scalise was in critical condition after suffering damage to internal organs, and his injuries will require additional operations, according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical update late Wednesday. One Capitol Hill police officer also suffered a gunshot wound and another officer suffered a non-gunshot injury, an official said.

Hodgkinson, 66, who was shot by police at the scene and later died, was a member of a group called Terminate The Republican Party and had volunteered for the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders past year.

They both retweeted an unverified claimed that the gunman asked whether the baseball players were Republicans or Democrats. He was known to be highly critical of President Trump and other Republicans on social media, and had reportedly traveled to Washington to protest against the administration.

After an all-members briefing where Democrats and Republicans held hands and prayed, House Speaker Paul Ryan and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi addressed the somber chamber and proclaimed lawmakers were "united".

The former minor-league baseball player has coached the GOP Congressional team since 2013, his office said.

Trump has no plans to attend the congressional baseball game Thursday, out of concern for his safety.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to fully recover.

The shocking event left the Capitol horrified and stunned. Lawmakers who were at the practice said the shootings could have been much worse if the security detail had not been there.

The president was accompanied by White House doctor Ronny Jackson.

When Scalise was shot, he went down on the infield between first and second base, then dragged himself into the grassy outfield as the incident unfolded, leaving a trail of blood, Brooks said. They also signed oversized cards sending well wishes to those who were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

The shooting marks the first time a sitting member of Congress has been shot since Arizona Rep.

Ditching derogatory rhetoric about the Washington "swamp", Trump rallied in support of his fellow politicians and called on the country to pull together. A congressional staffer was also injured.

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