US Trump Monitoring Shooting, Calls Scalise a 'Patriot'

16:46  14 june  2017
16:46  14 june  2017 Source:   NBC News

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are " monitoring " the Wednesday morning shooting of Republican lawmakers on a baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia Trump followed the statement with a tweet, calling Scalise " a true friend and patriot ."

Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was standing on second base when he was shot . President Trump and Vice President Pence are aware of the situation and are monitoring it closely, according to Press Secretary Sean President Trump took to Twitter to call Scalise a "true friend and patriot ."

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are "monitoring" the Wednesday morning shooting of Republican lawmakers on a baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, according to a White House statement.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy," Trump's statement says. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected."

The gunman began firing during a baseball practice for Republican lawmakers, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the hip, according to NBC News sources. NBC has confirmed he is in stable condition.

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Trump followed the statement with a tweet, calling Scalise "a true friend and patriot."

Alexandria Police confirm that the gunman is in custody.

Sen. Rand Paul, who was in the batting cage at the Alexandria, Virginia practice field, described 50 to 60 shots fired in an interview on MSNBC after the shooting. He recounted seeing Rep. Scalise hit but moving, dragging himself along the ground toward the outfield.

Speaking about the "bravery" of the Capitol Hill Police who were on site, Paul said "had they not been there, it would've been a massacre."

Key House Republican Steve Scalise, aides shot in Virginia .
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and at least one other aide was also hit in the chest by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed. At least one aide was shot in the chest. The gunman was shot by U.S. Capital Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. Rep. Mo Brooks reportedly used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise's bleeding."Both @POTUS & @VP are aware of the developing situation in Virginia.

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