"Steve Scalise is a wonderful person, a close friend, and a great leader".
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"Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", a spokesperson told CNN.
"I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the trousers to try to have better access to Steve Scalise's wound and his hip", Brooks said. I put pressure on the wound in his hip.
Barton described the shooter as a "middle aged man". Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.
Mr Trump was scheduled to appear at the Department of Labour to sign an executive order.
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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.
Police said the shooting suspect was in custody and "not a threat".
In addition to Scalise, Paul identified those injured as lobbyist Matt Mika, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and Capitol Police special agents David Bailey and Crystal Greiner. "He was wounded. I don't know how many times he was wounded". Two members of Congress said Hodgkins asked them whether the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans.
"I was looking right at him", Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. "He was a sitting duck".
Senator Bernie Sanders condemned the shooting and said the suspect "apparently volunteered" on his presidential campaign.
"We heard a very loud shot" during batting practice", Flake said. He said the shooter was behind the third base dugout and didn't say anything.
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The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen.
The hospital said Wednesday afternoon that Scalise "was critically injured and remains in critical condition". Five people were taken to the hospital.
From her vantage point behind a tree, she saw a security officer leave a nearby SUV and attempt to confront the shooter with a handgun. She said the officer had gotten out of a parked auto, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired. "Those aren't good odds", Brooks said. Rand Paul told Fox News of the scene he witnessed. "If they had not been here it would have been far worse". This is standard protocol in when federal officials are involved in attacks.
Family members-turned-advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and speechwriter Stephen Miller watched from the doorway as Trump delivered his remarks.
President Donald Trump said he was closely monitoring the developments in Virginia, and that Scalise, the majority whip who rallies Republican votes in the House of Representatives, was expected to recover.
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