Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Congressman at shooting scene made 'frantic' phone call to his w

Congressman at shooting scene made 'frantic' phone call to his w

The charity game on Thursday night began on a somber note with a prayer and a moment of silence for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others who were shot by a gunman on Wednesday at the GOP team's practice for the event.

Congressional police returned fire - killing the shooter, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL.

The man who opened fire at the congressional baseball practice has been identified as a man from Belleville, Illinois.

The baseball field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, is lighted as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents process the scene in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover. Democrats eventually won the game 11-2. A Capitol Police officer who was injured while helping stop the attacker threw out the ceremonial first pitch, hobbling out on crutches to a standing ovation.

"He seemed like a loner", said Mr William Euille, a former Alexandria mayor who came to know Hodgkinson during regular morning stops at the YMCA.

"I'd love to hear the Democrats stop telling the American people that the Republican elected officials intend to kill people", Brooks said.

Robert Becker, director of Sanders' Iowa campaign, said staff workers could not recall Hodgkinson. "I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm".

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Members of Congress usually wear jerseys to represent their home states, but players from both teams wore hats from Louisiana State University, Scalise's alma mater, to honor him Thursday night.

Scalise has played in several congressional baseball games, including last year's 8-7 Republican victory.

The game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington.

President Donald Trump spoke at the White House, saying Scalise's condition is more hard than initially thought.

Hodgkinson, the shooter at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, had a "disturbing" and "negative" history on his Facebook page, according to Linda Li, a 2016 congressional candidate who unfriended Hodgkinson due to his activity. Over social media he had lashed out at President Donald Trump and the GOP. Republicans met this morning for what was described to me as a family meeting, just a chance to get together and talk about him.

Michael said he wasn't close with his brother, but that James was politically active and led a regular life.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

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