Trump Makes A Surprise Visit To Hospital Treating Critically Injured Congressman


Reba Winstead lives across the street from the parking lot of the park where the shooting occurred.

President Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy". My thoughts and prayers are with my colleague, Steve Scalise, and all those who were injured this morning.

A man who had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media opened fire on Republican lawmakers practising for a charity baseball game on Wednesday, wounding a senior US House member and three other people, Reuters reports.

A lone gunman, identified by authorities as James T Hodgkinson, aimed at GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

"I didn't realize the shooter was probably 20 yards behind me, I hit a ground ball to (House Majority Whip Steve) Scalise and immediately heard a pop".

Scalise was critically injured and remained in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. However, it is not clear if he will have a second surgery.

A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also shot in the leg and has since been released from the hospital.

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The congressional staffer wounded in the shooting at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning near Washington, D.C., is out of the hospital and recounting his harrowing experience.

Family members of Matt Mika says he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition after surgery. Trump and Melania also met Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner and his wife.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant - our courageous police, our congressional aides who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people", Trump said. "We now need to let law enforcement continue to do their jobs and get all the facts of what happened".

During a press conference at the White House, President Donald Trump announced that the suspect had died from his injuries.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", he said.

"He's a patriot and he's a fighter".

"You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq", said Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Army reservist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq and was on the field Wednesday when the shooting began. I am extraordinarily grateful for the heroic actions of the Capitol Police. We are united in our anguish.