US Rep. Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice & UpDate

Gunman intended to shoot Republican Congressmen

A would-be assassin opened fire on Republican members of the U.S. Congress during a baseball practice near Washington. DC this morning, wounding several people including  U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, House of Representatives Majority Whip,—  the third-highest ranking member of the House Republican leadership.

Rep. Mel Brooks, who represents Alabama, estimated 50 to 100 shots were fired in the spree that lasted about 10 minutes. Those at the practice were “sitting ducks,” with no place to hide in the open field.

Scalise, 51, represents Louisiana. He was shot in the hip and is undergoing surgery. Five people were transported to local hospitals. Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police who responded to the scene. Also shot was Zack Barth, a congressional aide to Roger Williams. Williams was injured trying to escape by jumping into the dugout

The attempted assassin, who was shot by Capitol Police, was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois has died of his injuries. As he entered the Alexandria, Virginia ballpark, he specifically asked if the players were Republicans, since the site was known as a congressional practice field.

“Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)  said, describing the scene as “sort of a killing field.”

SRAZ’s post yesterday titled, Celebration of assassination betrays leftist hypocrisy, deals with an acclaimed New York theatrical production of Julius Caesar, featuring the stabbing assassination of a President Trump look-alike Caesar. 

Recently comedian Kathy Griffin thought it was appropriate to do a routine including a mock,  bloody severed head representing President Trump. When she met with derision she whined at a press conference — accompanied by her lawyer — that she felt her career was over and that Trump “broke” her.

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake never let an opportunity pass to disparage President Donald Trump. Civil discourse has taken a back seat to reviling the president. They are just as guilty of stirring up hatred as Kathy Griffin.

It all has to stop. This shooting stands as stark evidence.

This update on the condition of Rep. Steve Scalise is from MedStar Washington Hospital Center:

June 14, 2017, 8:15 pm

“”Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center.  He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.  He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.  We will provide periodic updates.

In other news, Breitbart News reports President and First Lady Melania Trump went to the hospital where he sat at Steve Scalise’s bedside and they spoke with members of his family.

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11 Responses to US Rep. Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice & UpDate

  1. MacBeth says:

    The shooter recently wrote “It’s time to destroy Trump & Company”
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/james-t-hodgkinson/congressional-baseball-shooter-729035

    All of the never-Trumpers are complicit in this attempted massacre.

    • Ajo Joe says:

      You spoke the truth in your last sentence. I’ve been around a while and have never seen such ongoing viciousness aimed at a US President. Few of us liked Obama, but we didn’t go off the deep end spewing hatred.

  2. Kathy says:

    The shooter reportedly worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign and his facebook page is filled with left propaganda MSM shows, talking points, etc. The Democrats, propaganda MSM, never Trumpers with all their rhetoric have enticed this kind of event! None of these groups have tried to stop the ANTIFA violence and attacks (not protests). All have continued to entice by their lies of Russians, Russians, etc. And yes McCain and Flake have pushed these lies.

    Thank God for the police who shot the attacker!

  3. VINOAZ says:

    Capital police were on hand only because the minority whip has a protection detail. Republicans have to grow gonads and go after and take on the dirty democrats and low-life republicrats like McCain and Flake.

    • Kimball says:

      You’re right on about the pathetic senators supposedly representing the people of Arizona. Jeff Flake is even more disgusting than the demented, very senior senator John Mc Amnesty. He’s an amnesty clone in the same mold as McCain, but has a built in LDS constituency that will vote for their religious brethren regardless of his obvious leftist views. First and foremost, he is NOT a conservative. He’s more akin to Dimocrat Harry Reid, who was forced to retire due to injuries. The church will work behind the scenes to keep him in office. The rest of us need to counter that. Vote for Dr. Kelli Ward.
      https://www.kelliward.com/

  4. State Delegate says:

    I hope Jeff Flake loses and loses BIG this coming year. Like his mentor McCain, he has become a constant drum beat against President Trump who carried the state of Arizona. Jeff Flake barely squeaked into office 5+ years ago, despite the all out efforts of Jon Kyl and John McCain. Dr. Richard Carmona, George W. Bush’s Surgeon General, lost by only 3 points. His background is impeccable and he should have won. Being a military man, he moved frequently, though Arizona is his home. He was encouraged to register as a Democrat to challenge Flake. Big mistake. Carmona could have beat him in the Republican primary. He has actually held real jobs in law enforcement, the military and as a physician while Jeff the Flake has mostly been feeding at the public trough. I will actively work to defeat this flaky goon.

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      An important distinction needs to be made here. The would-be assassin, a Bernie Sander’s supporter, thought nothing of scouting out this ball park where he knew the early morning practice would take place and using a high velocity rifle in an attempt to kill and maim as many as possible.

      Barack Obama had ongoing basketball games with members of congress. Jeff Flake was a regular participant. They could all be assured that no Republican would try to take them out. It’s always radical leftists who seek to murder for their “cause.” Most importantly however is that although the shooter is obviously the one to blame, there is also shared responsibility with those who continually incite against President Trump and conservatives. They spend a significant portion of their time ginning up the crazies with their incendiary rhetoric. They should not be allowed to say how terrible this violence is without acknowledging their complicity. They never will of course, but we need to hold their feet to the fire. This did not occur in a vacuum.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    I cannot and will not begin to tell you what happens to the human body when it sustains a gunshot wound. A wound from a small caliber handgun is one thing, but a wound or multiple wounds from high velocity bullets is a whole other matter.
    Therefore,
    I would, instead, ask you to read what I have posted below, and
    accept my invitation at the end.

    From the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians, Chapter 6, beginning with verse 10

    Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power.

    Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.

    For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.

    Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.

    Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:

    In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.

    And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).

    By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit . .

    ________________

    Please, if you are so inclined, please join with me and pray to God in Heaven.
    Thanks.

  6. VINOAZ says:

    AMEN Sam.

  7. Saguaro Sam says:

    Congressman Scalise has been in the OR twice today and will probably require another in the very near future.

    Incredible to hear that he was hit then dragged himself across the field to find shelter while the others had taken cover in the dugout.