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US Baseball field shooting shakes American symbol of fair play

23:10  14 june  2017
23:10  14 june  2017 Source:   reuters.com

Report: Shooting near congressional baseball game practice field

  Report: Shooting near congressional baseball game practice field A shooting was reported Wednesday near a Congressional baseball game practice field. A reporter from the Huffington Post tweeted that a congressman said he "heard there was a shooting at the Congressional "ABC 7 News reported "multiple shooting" in the 400 block of E. Monroe Street.The suspected is "believed in custody," ABC reported, according to Alexandria police.A reporter from Fox News tweeted that staffers were hit.#BREAKING: @AlexandriaVAPD report "multiple shooting" in 400 block of E Monroe and say "suspect believed in custody". Story to come. pic.twitter.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The gunshots that ripped through a congressional Republican team practice early Wednesday on a Virginia baseball field not only shook the U.S. Capitol but also upended what many Americans consider a symbol of fair play and summer fun. A police officer mans a shooting

field not only shook the U.S. Capitol but also upended what many Americans consider a symbol of fair play and summer fun. "I've always felt safe on a baseball field , and now I don't know if I'll ever feel safe on a baseball field again," Representative Chuck Fleischmann, also at the shooting scene

The gunshots that ripped through a congressional Republican team practice early Wednesday on a Virginia baseball field not only shook the U.S. Capitol but also upended what many Americans consider a symbol of fair play and summer fun.

GOP rep: Before shooting, man asked whether we were Dems or GOP

  GOP rep: Before shooting, man asked whether we were Dems or GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Wednesday said before the shooting at a baseball practice field in a Washington, D.C., suburb, a man asked him whether Republicans or Democrats were practicing. On Fox News, DeSantis said he left the baseball practice early, a "couple minutes before this all happened.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The gunshots that ripped through a congressional Republican team practice early Wednesday on a Virginia baseball field not only shook the U.S. Capitol but also upended what many Americans consider a symbol of fair play and summer fun. A police officer mans a shooting

field not only shook the U.S. Capitol but also upended what many Americans consider a symbol of fair play and summer fun. "I've always felt safe on a baseball field , and now I don't know if I'll ever feel safe on a baseball field again," Representative Chuck Fleischmann, also at the shooting scene

Before he was killed, a gunman shot and wounded a senior Republican House leader and several others getting ready on an Alexandria, Virginia, field for a charity game between Republicans and Democrats on Thursday in nearby Washington, D.C.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game charity event, where Senate and House members from both parties face off together, has raised $600,000 for the Boys and Girls Club, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center, according to several lawmakers and event organizers.

The game at Nationals Park may be one of the last vestiges of cooperation between the two sides in the nation's capital, where some believe partisan politics is at an all-time high.

"There's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now ... this has got to stop," Representative Rodney Davis, a Republican team member, told CNN in an interview while still wearing his baseball cleats and practice clothes.

List of GOP lawmakers at the congressional baseball game practice

  List of GOP lawmakers at the congressional baseball game practice Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was wounded in a shooting at a GOP practice for the congressional baseball game on Wednesday morning. A number of GOP aides, lawmakers and senators were present at the shooting. A number of GOP aides, lawmakers and senators were present at the shooting.

field not only shook the U.S. Capitol but also upended what many Americans consider a symbol of fair play and summer fun. "I've always felt safe on a baseball field , and now I don't know if I'll ever feel safe on a baseball field again," Representative Chuck Fleischmann, also at the shooting scene

Baseball and Its Myths. Americans have played baseball almost as long as they have been Americans . Lewis and Clark played catch during their trek to the Pacific, and men "Like everything else American it came with a rush," 1870s star baseball player John Montgomery Ward wrote.

Davis said the congressional game was a great demonstration that Democrats and Republicans could still get along.

“We have fun," said a visibly upset Davis. "I never thought I'd play a baseball game for charity, got to practice at 6:30 in the morning and have to dodge bullets."

The gun violence early on Wednesday scarred what is for many almost sacred American ground - the baseball field. Considered America's so-called national pastime, the game dates back to the 1800s even as it now competes heavily with other popular sports including football and basketball.

"I've always felt safe on a baseball field, and now I don't know if I'll ever feel safe on a baseball field again," Representative Chuck Fleischmann, also at the shooting scene, told CNN.

The grassy field once known for roasted peanuts and hot dogs now instead conjures images of a battlefield, fellow Republican Brad Wenstrup, an Army Reserve officer, said on Twitter.

"You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it did," wrote Wenstrup, a congressman from Ohio.

When congressional members were told in a bipartisan briefing that Thursday's baseball game would still be held despite the shooting, they leapt to their feet in a standing ovation, Republican Representative Martha McSally told Reuters.

"Tomorrow we'll go out on the field, we'll root for our team," U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi later told lawmakers from the chamber floor. "We will use this occasion as one that brings us together and not one that separates us further."

(Additional reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Writing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

Baseball gunman had list of GOP lawmakers: reports .
The gunman who opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday had a list of names that included several GOP lawmakers, according to multiple reports. The Daily Caller first reported that James T. Hodgkinson had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI.Hodgkinson's list included Republican Reps. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Jeff Duncan (S.C.), according to reports.Fox News reported that GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Morgan Griffith (Va.), and Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) were also on the list.

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