Rifle-wielding attacker wounds GOP leader, killed by police

Majority Whip Steve Scalise R-La. right walks to the chamber for final votes as the House and Senate rush to send President Barack Obama a budget package at the Capitol in Washington Friday Dec. 18 2015. The House easily passed a $1.14 trillion

Roger WilliamsRoger WilliamsGunman attacks GOP lawmakers Shooting turned GOP baseball practice into "killing field" Federal Bureau of Investigation officially IDs shooter MORE (R-Texas) and a Tyson Foods lobbyist, who was hit in the chest and remained in critical condition Wednesday evening. "A second congressman sustained minor injuries", the Federal Bureau of Investigation added, and a second Capitol Police officer was treated for "minor injuries" and released.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise was standing at second base when he was shot, Paul said. At a news conference, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) sustained an ankle injury but was not shot. He was identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old IL native with a history of lashing out at Republicans and their policy agenda.

After the shooting, members of Congress of both parties promised to emphasize bipartisanship at Thursday night's game, a cherished Capitol Hill tradition (the Democrats won 11 to 2).

Still, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who has a permit in his home state, said, "It's going to be in my pocket from this day forward". "I extend my best wishes to each of them for a safe and speedy recovery", Kinzinger said in a statement earlier Wednesday.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., is among lawmakers who have received death threats in recent months.

According to MSNBC, Rand Paul said that Scalise, as a House leader, always has Capitol Police with him as security detail. Scalise was one of the five wounded during the shootout and remains in critical condition.

"My thoughts and prayers are with my friend Steve Scalise, our Capitol Police special agents, our staff and aides, and all of their families".

"I feel like in an environment like this, it was only a matter of time" she said, adding, "The enemy is out there".

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Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008. "I am not on the Congressional Baseball Team, so I was not where the shootings occurred", Comer tweeted.

True, but the shooting is a reminder to those of us who have warned of Trump's incitements to violence that there are deranged people of all ideologies who can be inflamed by angry rhetoric. Sen.

"I look around, and I see a rifle and I see a little bit of a body", he said.

The events left the capital horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics.

"This is deeply personal and Sue and I are praying for Matt as he receives medical attention. These are fearless men and women, and we were really lucky they were there".

"Again, we are not one caucus or the other in this House today", Pelosi said.

Strong said that last week, Ryan met with Democratic Representative Cedric Richmond, at Richmond's request, to discuss whether federal regulations might allow members to use some of their campaign funds for additional security.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa commended Griner, Bailey and a third officer, Henry Cabrera, "for their heroic and appropriate response in protecting the Members and others".



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