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Jun 15 2017 by Francis Osborne
Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday during an early morning Republican practice for a charity baseball game, is out of his first surgery, according to a Scalise aide.
The gunman, 66-year-old James T Hodgkinson, from IL, was shot by police after a gun battle and later died.
Lawmakers who were there described a chaotic scene, with many members of the congressional GOP baseball team huddled in a dugout while Capitol police who were part of Scalise's security detail and local Alexandria police engaged in a shootout with Hodgkinson.
Mr Scalise, a representative from Louisiana, is the House of Representatives Majority Whip, making him the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House. Investigators said Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, and U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey suffered minor injuries in the mayhem following the gunfire.
Hodgkinson, who had been living in his van in Alexandria for the past few months, had posted anti-Trump rhetoric on his Facebook page and had written letters to his hometown newspaper blaming Republicans for what he considered an agenda favoring the wealthy. Let me be as clear as I can be.
Tennessee Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and others sprinted to the dugout where he says they felt like sitting ducks.
"I was so thankful just to hear his voice and just to hear that he was okay", Fleischmann said.
A charity baseball game will take place as scheduled Thursday night at Nationals Park.
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Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, Alexandria Police officers responded to a report of shots fired, arriving at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park near 400 East Monroe Ave.in Alexandria, Va., according to a joint statement released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alexandria Police Department.
Authorities said five people were taken to hospitals, including Hodgkinson. "Maybe 7-10 total", said Jordan Powell, a Dallas-based Republican consultant who runs RedRight Strategies. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", it said.
"What happened today was a targeted act of senseless violence from a disturbed individual".
He is also a firm supporter of the constitutional protection of the rights of Americans to bear arms and last month introduced legislation that relaxes restrictions on interstate gun sales.
Several Democrats were practicing at a different field when they heard the news, and immediately gathered to pray for their wounded colleague. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.