House majority whip shot at congressional baseball practice

Shots rang out around 8 a.m. ET during Wednesday's baseball practice for Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise is popular inside his deeply conservative Louisiana district, which encircles New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain and includes the swampy bayou region where the Mississippi River spills into the Gulf of Mexico.

Police and other first responders block East Monroe Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a shooting involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La, at a congressional baseball practice.

According to Hodgkinson's Facebook page, he is a Belleville, Illinois native and owns a company, JTH Inspections, also called JTH Construction, and studied at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely", Trump said in a statement.

Fleischmann picked himself up and ran to the dugout where he huddled with others, waiting for it to end.

The news shocked Lombardo, a former Pittston mayor. "You are completely helpless", he said, having no defenses and being unable to help those who were injured. It's just like forget about the politics.

At least two Florida congressmen, reps. And earlier this year, Fleischman had a chance to practice with them.

Practice for the game, which is held every summer, usually begins about two months or more ahead of the game. I was trying to point the guy out to them. "I thought it was some exercise".

Praying for Steve Scalise and all hurt in the outrageous attack this morning in Alexandria.

Scalise has been an avid participant in the game since arriving in Congress.

"He's really likeable, always upbeat, always happy", Barletta said. "So we've got to look at this". "We as a nation. need to come together in a bipartisan way to stop the awful gun violence we have". But Duncan said that based on what the red-shirted man said to him, he believes the members were targeted because they were Republicans.

Flake said he wanted to help Scalise, "but there were still shots going overhead from both sides", between the shooter and the Capitol Police. "They would have been sitting ducks".

"We don't know who our words touch and affect", Rep.

"My view of him was just quick behind the dugout, and then when I realized he had a line of sight into the dugout with all the members there then we obviously went back down quickly", Flake said. The company said it was waiting to hear Mika's condition. Proceeds from the game benefit several charities.

"This is sick, it's really sick", the congressman said. They are expected to be recover.

Seeking to play down the controversy, Scalise's office said he had spoken to hundreds of groups during his political career and was unaware of the views of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

Lombardo, 53, knows Scalise because his father, Dr. Joseph Lombardo, was drafted into the military and assigned to a medical unit at a base in New Orleans between 1967 and 1969. We call on all Idahoans to reject these kinds of actions no matter where they happen. A few years ago, Michael Lombardo and Scalise visited their old neighborhood together.

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said "saw the shooter".

During the press conference, law-enforcement officials said the community around the Alexandria neighborhood is secure.

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