Lawmakers At Shooting Say Scalise's Security Prevented A 'Massacre'

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The 45 incumbent had his first major moment of crisis in the domestic politics on Wednesday, June 14, when Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was seriously injured in a shooting on the Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, a Washington suburb. His doctors indicated Scalise suffered internal wounds and fractured bones, and was due for additional surgery. House Speaker Paul Ryan also identified two members of the Capitol Police who were injured, Krystal Griner and David Bailey. But federal police officials continue to investigate the incident, which shook Washington and stirred calls for unity from Capitol Hill.

In a statement later, Palmer said he was treated at the scene after injuring his leg as he sought cover.

US President Donald Trump and his wife arrived at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center to visit Congressman Steve Scalise who was recovering from surgery after getting shot while participating in baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues". The investigators were "exploring all angles", he said.

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Sanders swiftly responded to reports the suspect had volunteered on his presidential campaign.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", he said.

"Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sen. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game, which raises money for charity, will go forward as planned Thursday evening and a big crowd is expected. The Democratic baseball team invited the Republican team to the Democratic Club Wednesday night for dinner.

"Is this the Republican or the Democratic team practicing?"

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Paulsen, a Minnesota Republican, spoke with ABC-affiliate KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota.

U.S. president Donald Trump said in a Twitter message that Scalise, "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".

Trump is also crediting the congressman for bringing people together.

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Shortly after 7 o'clock this morning, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was taking batting practice with roughly 20 other Republican lawmakers.

Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood. Flake said later that he didn't want her to hear the news about the shooting from the media first.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch praised the Capitol Hill police, saying that "good guys with guns kept this from getting worse". The gunman was taken into custody and later died of his injuries. He is a fierce supporter of the National Rifle Association, which gives him an A+ rating, and has voted repeatedly to expand gun rights in the United States. We need to stop all this bickering over little things. A security detail accompanied Scalise to the field that morning - a factor many lawmakers at the scene insist saved their lives.

JEFF DUNCAN: As we were walking through the parking lot to our auto, we were approached by a gentleman who asked if the team on the field was the Republican or the Democrat team.

Davis said he has no doubt the congressmen were targeted: "I don't think it's a coincidence no bullets were fired outside of that baseball field". "We do it for charity", Barton said.

Trump does not plan to attend, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters. Louisiana Senate President John Alario said.