Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Grassroots activists in Rep. Scalise's district model compassion during tragedy


U.S. Rep. French Hill said on Twitter he was at the White House when it happened.

The shooter, who was killed after his gun rampage in the U.S. state of Virginia, has been identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, who had posted a number of abusive anti-Trump rants on social media.

The leader of the minority Democrats, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, said, "To my colleagues, you're going to hear me say something you've never heard me say before". Two Capitol Police officers and a congressional aide also were hit. Mika is director of government relations for Tyson Foods Washington, D.C., office and has worked for the company for more than six years. "We didn't think some insane person was going to come shoot them". She said the shooting "went on for quite a while".

"I had the news on because I really didn't have much information", said daughter Chelsie Lee.

- Zachary Barth, a staffer for Texas Representative Roger Williams, was shot and was being treated, Williams said.

"Many have been shot, but a lot like me got bloody running for cover", he said.

A House Democratic aide said it was his understanding that Bailey was not shot, but had twisted his ankle during the attack.

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The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

The shooter hailed from Belleville, Illinois, though his wife told ABC News that he had been living in Alexandria for the past two months.

The Capitol Police officers who were injured are "in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point", Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference.

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted early Wednesday that she had spoken to Capitol Police and that the officers "will be ok".

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said. "You want to make sure the airway is open, make sure the person is breathing and "C" stands for circulation, which is basically trying to control blood loss", he said. "Until about 15 seconds later when a barrage of very loud shots rang out and I realized that people were running, were screaming - we were basically under attack from a gunman". While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and regularly appear in public without protection.

Officials said several other people, including members of Scalise's security team, were also wounded. "The Capitol Police force. stand ready to protect everyone - from Members and staff to constituents and tourists - who visit the Capitol complex each day".

- Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., House Majority Whip and third in leadership.

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