Democrats Practicing Near Alexandria Shooting Paused To Pray For Republican Colleagues

Donald Trump made some false statements about the Orlando shooting. "The Democrats all said a prayer for our colleagues and for the people that were shot", he said.

As majority whip, Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in the House.

"It's too early to tell whether the shooting was an act of terrorism or whether members of Congress were specifically targeted", Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater told reporters at a Wednesday morning news conference.

The U.S. Capitol is one of the best-guarded buildings in the country, but when the vast majority of lawmakers leave the fortress of Capitol Hill, they're on their own.

Rep. Steve Scalise was shot June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent "deliberate attack".

Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former congressional staff member, also was listed in critical condition following surgery.

Trump sounded a note of unity, reminding Americans that members of Congress and their staffers are patriotic. A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was critically wounded, as were several other people.

"We expect the president to serve as a national voice and consoler-in-chief when there is a moment of national tragedy", Mahaffee said.

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Flake was one of the GOP members practicing in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning, when the attack occurred. In a statement, President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely.

Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), one of nearly two dozen Republicans who were getting ready for Wednesday's Congressional baseball game.

"You've got congressmen that are taking a game that's supposed to be for a charity event deathly serious", Justice said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said a massacre could have unfolded if police and Scalise's security team were not there. Capitol Police shot and killed the suspect, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of IL.

Initial reports indicate Hodgkinson, who died from wounds he received during a shootout with authorities, was a supporter of Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president who challenged Hillary Clinton before she won the Democratic nomination.

Loudermilk suggested that more lawmakers, beyond members of leadership, could start receiving additional security protection.

Fox News Insider reports Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) claimed a man approached him and asked him questions about who was taking part in the practice sessions of the annual Congressional Baseball Game. He and Duncan pulled away from the field less than five minutes before the shooting started. It reportedly lasted about 10 minutes.

"(But) I think Republicans and Democrats need to use this day to stand together and say stop", said Davis.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., tweeted a photo of his party's team members.

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