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5 injured: Congress baseball gunman was a Trump-hating Bernie supporter: Hero cops kill white Illinois man, 66, who opened fire on Republican lawmakers Capitol police heroes saved the day, preventing congressional massacre news david bailey crystal griner

Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey are the heroes who kept the shooting on Wednesday from being the “massacre” Congress members say it could have been.

Both of the officers are on Rep. Steve Scalise’s security detail and put their lives on the line to respond when shots rang out at a congressional baseball practice.
Scalise was standing near second base and was shot by James Hodgkinson before both Griner and Bailey rushed into action, taking down the shooter despite both being injured. Both have since been taken to the hospital and are recovering from their injuries.
“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” Senator Rand Paul said to MSNBC.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor praised both agents, who had served on his protection detail before.
“[Griner’s] an incredibly able and professional individual who always takes her job and responsibility seriously,” Cantor told The Daily Beast. “It is not surprising to hear of her heroism and bravery during this horrible attack.”

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“The bravery David showed reflects the kind of commitment he, Crystal, and the team demonstrated each and every day,” Cantor continued. “Incidents like the attack today are never something many of us even imagine happening. David is a trained professional who was and remains ready to act whatever the threat. Wishing him a full recovery.”

After being shot, Griner and her wife, Tiffany, were given a bouquet of white flowers by President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, as she recovered in the hospital. Both agents’ injuries have been described as non-life-threatening.

Scalise remains in critical condition at the hospital. Two others were also shot: Zach Barth, a congressional staffer, and Matt Mika, a lobbyist. Barth’s injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, but Mika’s are considered to be serious.

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Hodgkinson is seen above in 2012 protesting outside the United States Post Office in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois 

  • James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, died in hospital after being shot at the baseball field by Capitol Police
  • The 66-year-old was a staunch Democrat who threatened to 'destroy Trump & Co' on social media before Wednesday's shooting which coincided with the president's 71st birthday 
  • Hodgkingson campaigned for Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination in 2016 and regularly ranted against the president 
  • He opened fire on a group of GOP figures at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, at 7am 
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer Zachary Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika and two Capitol Police were shot 
  • The police officers were injured as they returned fire with their pistols while the congressmen and their aides dove for cover
  • They were practicing ahead of an annual charity baseball game which is due to take place on Thursday 

The gunman was killed by cops after opening fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, the president's 71st birthday, was a Trump-hating Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter.  

Sixty-six-year-old James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, was killed by Capitol Police after firing up to 100 rounds from an assault rifle at a baseball park in Alexandria, Virginia, leaving five injured including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Hodgkinson was a staunch Sanders supporter and campaigned for the left-wing senator to get the Democratic nomination for president last year. The union tradesman, who ran a home inspection business, threatened to 'destroy' the president and his administration on social media but was not known to Secret Service. 

He was shot by two Capitol Police officers who were accompanying Scalise to Eugene Simpson Stadium Park for the scheduled baseball practice ahead of Thursday night's charity game.

The male and female officers were both wounded as they used their pistols to shoot at Hodgkinson while the congressmen fled to a dugout. 

Zachary Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was shot in the leg but is expected to recover. The two Capitol Police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, are also expected to make a full recovery. Lobbyist Matt Mika was also injured and is in hospital.

Moments before the attack, a man - thought to be Hodgkinson -  asked if the group were Republicans or Democrats, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said. North Carolina Rep. Mike Walker told NBC News he seemed he was there 'to kill as many Republican members as possible.'   

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James T. Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on the GOP baseball team on Wednesday. He was killed by Capitol Police 
Hodgkinson is seen above in 2012 protesting outside the United States Post Office in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois 

James T. Hodgkinson (pictured right campaigning against Republicans in 2012) was a hateful Trump opponent who threatened to 'destroy' the president on social media before attacking a GOP baseball practice on Wednesday 

Hodgkinson opened fire from behind the third base dugout while the players were on the field. Sen. Rand Paul described the scene as a 'killing field' while Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop said the men were 'sitting ducks' for the gunman and his M4 rifle. 

He shot at them through the holes in its surrounding fence and never gained entry, Rep. Joe Barton, whose young son was with him, recalled later. 

After firing the first rounds, he ran to take cover behind a utility shed. 'Then he darted out in front of the shed and that's when he was shot,' Barton told CNN.

Among Hodgkinson's many hateful social media posts was one threatening to 'destroy Trump & co'. 'Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co,' he wrote. 

He has a history of gun violence, previously pointing his gun at a man during a family argument in 2006. He was once arrested for domestic battery and faced other charges for DUI, attempting to elude police and obstructing a police officer.  

An acquaintance who worked with him on Sanders' 2016 campaign for the Democratic nomination told The Washington Post: 'I met him on the Bernie trail in Iowa, worked with him in the Quad Cities area.

'He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics,” he said. “He was more on the really progressive side of things,' Charles Orear said, adding that Hodgkinson was 'quite mellow'. 

Despite his hateful post, sources told CNN the man was not on the Secret Service's radar.   

Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of GOP figures from behind the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as they practiced for a charity baseball game on Thursday at 7am

Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of GOP figures from behind the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as they practiced for a charity baseball game on Thursday at 7am

Hodgkinson had a lengthy criminal record which includes charges, but no convictions, for DUI, domestic battery, pointing a gun at a relative. He is seen in mugshots in 1992 (left) and 2006 (right)
Hodgkinson had a lengthy criminal record which includes charges, but no convictions, for DUI, domestic battery, pointing a gun at a relative. He is seen in mugshots in 1992 (left) and 2006 (right)

Hodgkinson had a lengthy criminal record which includes charges, but no convictions, for DUI, domestic battery, pointing a gun at a relative. He is seen in mugshots in 1992 (left) and 2006 (right) 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and was taken to hospital for emergency surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and was taken to hospital for emergency surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery 

The men were practicing at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, ahead of a charity game on Thursday 

The men were practicing at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, ahead of a charity game on Thursday 

Sanders shared this tweet on Wednesday morning before Hodgkingson was named as the gunman. Later, he fielded criticism 
He regularly ranted against the president on social media, threatening to 'destroy' him in one post written in March 

Sanders shared this tweet on Wednesday morning before Hodgkingson was named as the gunman. Later, he fielded criticism 

Hodgkinson was wounded by Capitol Police at the scene and later died of his injuries in hospital
Hodgkinson was wounded by Capitol Police at the scene and later died of his injuries in hospital

Hodgkinson was wounded by Capitol Police at the scene and later died of his injuries in hospital 

Sanders resisted criticism directed at him on Wednesday, and his aides stayed between him and reporters milling near the Senate chamber.

The Vermont democratic socialist said in a statement on the Senate floor that he was aware the shooter 'apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign.'

Sanders said he was 'sickened' by the shooting 

Sanders said he was 'sickened' by the shooting 

'I am sickened by this despicable act,' he said. 'Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.'

'Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.' 

The president spoke at a White House press conference at around 11am. 

He made a plea for unity and thanked the police and emergency responders involved, making no mention of the gunman other than to confirm his death. 

President Trump revealed he had spoken to Scalise's wife to offer her his support and described the injured Whip as a 'true friend' and 'patriot'.  

Scalise was shot in the hip and taken to hospital by air ambulance shortly after the attack. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks tried to stop the bleeding from his wound as Sen. Paul, a trained doctor, cut his baseball uniform to examine the injury.  

Scalise was on the field when he was shot but was able to drag himself to safety in the dugout, where the other men were hiding, as the two Capitol Police who had accompanied him for the practice exchanged gunfire.  

Police descended on his suburban home in Belleville, Illinois, which is 800 miles from where the shooting took place 

Police descended on his suburban home in Belleville, Illinois, which is 800 miles from where the shooting took place 

Dale Walsh, a friend of Hodgkinson, said he was 'a nice guy' and expressed his shock at Wednesday's shooting. He spoke outside Hodgkinson's home as local media and police descended on it 

Dale Walsh, a friend of Hodgkinson, said he was 'a nice guy' and expressed his shock at Wednesday's shooting. He spoke outside Hodgkinson's home as local media and police descended on it 

Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop earlier described how one man – thought to be part of Scalise’s Capitol Police protection detail – stood his ground to return fire as the congressmen and at least one of their children dove for cover in a dugout and Scalise dragged himself across the field after being hit, leaving a trail of blood behind him.

He told CBS Detroit: ‘As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line.  He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.'

He said: ‘The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover.' 

'We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us.' 

'He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.' 

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At a press conference at The White House on Wednesday, President Trump thanked the police and first responders who attended the shooting 

At a press conference at The White House on Wednesday, President Trump thanked the police and first responders who attended the shooting 

The president pleaded for unity at a White House press conference to address an attack on his GOP colleagues on Wednesday. 

Speaking hours after leaders including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were injured by gunman James Hodgkinson, Trump said: 'We are stronger when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.' 

Trump referred to the gunman once to confirm his death, describing him only as 'the assailant'. He devoted the rest of his speech to praising the Capitol Police and emergency responders who attended the attack.

'Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims. Congressman Scalise is a friend and a very good friend, He is a patriot and a fighter and he will recover from this assault. 

'Steve, I want you to know, you have the prayers not only of the entire city but of an entire nation and, frankly, the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this shooting. I have spoken with Steve's wife Jennifer and I pledged to her our full and absolute support. Anything she needs, we are with her and the entire Scalise family. 

'I have also spoken with Chief Matthew Verderosa (of the Capitol Police), he's doing a fantastic job, to express our sympathies for his wounded officers and to express my admiration for their officers. They perform a challenging job with incredible skill and their sacrifice makes democracy possible.  

'We also commend the brave first responders from Alexandria Fire and Rescue who rushed to the scene. Everyone on that field is a public servant - our courageous police, our aides, and our dedicated members of congress who represent our people. 

'We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans and that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace,' he said. 

Donald Jr. had an angrier public response. He re-tweeted a post which read: 'Events like today are EXACTLY why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our President.' 

He was referring to New York's Public Theatre and its current production of Julius Caesar in which the doomed emperor is portrayed as his father. The play has sparked outrage and accusations that its directors are glorifying violence against the president. 

It comes after the comedian Kathy Griffin's shocking participation in a photo-shoot in which she appeared to be holding a fake representation of the president's severed head. She apologized for the stunt after receiving angry backlash.  

Texas Rep. Roger Williams (above) was not shot but was injured in the chaos as he tried to flee. One of his staffers suffered a gunshot wound to the leg 

Texas Rep. Roger Williams (above) was not shot but was injured in the chaos as he tried to flee. One of his staffers suffered a gunshot wound to the leg 

Williams is seen being taken to hospital after the shooting which took place as the men practiced batting at 7am 

Williams is seen being taken to hospital after the shooting which took place as the men practiced batting at 7am 

A man who was injured in the leg receives treatment at the scene. Some of those hurt were not shot but suffered injuries as they tried to escape the field 

A man who was injured in the leg receives treatment at the scene. Some of those hurt were not shot but suffered injuries as they tried to escape the field 

Rep. Mo Brooks appeared emotional as he spoke on the phone moments after the shooting. He helped give first aid to those shot 

Rep. Mo Brooks appeared emotional as he spoke on the phone moments after the shooting. He helped give first aid to those shot 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip but is expected to make a full recovery 
Matt Mika

Scalise (left), congressional staffer Zachary Barth (center) and lobbyist Matt Mika (right) were all shot

The group was practicing for a charity game which is due to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park when they were attacked.  Three men escaped and took shelter in an apartment building nearby. 

Another witness, Marty Lavor, dove on top of a congressman. He told CNN that after the gunman's first shot, there was a break in the gunfire but it began shortly afterwards.  

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks was also there but was not hurt. He described using his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding on Scalise's leg. 

Speaking to FM Talk 1065 moments after the shooting, he told how the group was practicing batting when he suddenly saw the shooter.

'Suddenly there's this face. I noticed the guy's got a rifle and he's shooting at us,' he said.

US Capitol Police Officer David Bailey is being hailed as a hero for returning fire on the gunman with his pistol despite being injured himself 

US Capitol Police Officer David Bailey is being hailed as a hero for returning fire on the gunman with his pistol despite being injured himself 

As he took shelter with others in the group, which also included Rep. Gary Palmer, Brooks said he watched Scalise crawl to them as the police exchanged gunfire with pistols. 

'He was dragging his body away from second base to get away from the shooter. He was shot in the hip. I think it was not a life-threatening wound. ... There was no exit wound I could see.' 

'There was a blood trail about 10 to 15 yards long from where he was shot to wear he crawled to right field,' he told CNN. 

Brooks caught a brief glimpse of the shooter and described him as a white, middle-aged male. He said he described him as being 'a little on the chubby side' but not obese.  No more information about him is being offered by police. 

Scalise, as a member of the House leadership, was the only one in the group who had been accompanied by a Capitol Police security detail.  

Senator Rand Paul, who was not hurt, said that without the armed officers, all of those targeted would have died. 

'Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre. As terrible as it is, it could have been a lot worse. 

'Had it not been for them, we would have been at the mercy of the shooter and he had a lot of ammo. All we would have had was baseball bats.'

'The Capitol Hill police cannot get enough praise for really saving everyone's life out there,' he said. 

Describing the scene as a 'killing field', he added: 'He would have shot anybody who ran out.'  

Ohio Republican Rep. Brad Robert Wenstrup, a doctor and an Army Reserve officer, was on the scene and helped treat the wounded before paramedics arrived.

'I felt like I was back in Iraq, but without my weapon,' he told Fox News. Arizona Rep. Senator Jeff Flake described watching as the gunman sprayed bullets on the field, where Scalise lay on the ground. 

The men's kit lay abandoned on the field as the scene around the baseball field was taped off 

The men's kit lay abandoned on the field as the scene around the baseball field was taped off 

A Twitter user posted this picture of what appeared to be a gunshot hole in a window as he took cover in the YMCA in Alexandria 

A Twitter user posted this picture of what appeared to be a gunshot hole in a window as he took cover in the YMCA in Alexandria 

The streets surrounding the scene in Alexandria, Virginia were blocked off early Wednesday as first responders secured the area

The streets surrounding the scene in Alexandria, Virginia were blocked off early Wednesday as first responders secured the area

Sen. Jeff Flake is pictured walking away from the chaotic scene outside the stadium park 

Sen. Jeff Flake is pictured walking away from the chaotic scene outside the stadium park 

As his Capitol Hill protection officers exchanged fire, he said the group were helpless.  'I wanted to get to Steve Scalise, laying out there in the field, but while there were bullets flying overhead, I couldn't,' he told ABC. 

Scalise's office said while he was undergoing emergency surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center that he was in 'stable condition.'

'Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,' a spokesperson said.

'He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.' 

The two Capitol Police officers who were shot are both in a 'good condition' and are expected to recover. 

Barth's condition is not known nor is the condition of the shooter.

All who have spoken since the attack said they were saved by having two trained doctors, including Wenstrup, on the team. 

He administered immediate aid to Scalise before handing over to Brooks while he cut off his clothing.  ‘We were very fortunate to have a physician on the team.’

Sen. Paul is a trained opthalmologist. He said he was unable to get to Scalise because he was separated by part of the field and a fence while the active situation was ongoing.

One local resident was in his apartment with his wife when they were woken by the gunshots. They sheltered three members of the team after seeing them run for their lives from the field. 

'We were able to get them in a safe space for a couple of minutes. They were pretty shaken up,' he said. 

President Trump issued a statement shortly after the shooting to say he was 'deeply saddened' and was monitoring the situation closely. 

Rep. Joe Barton was at the field with his young son (left) They were able to take shelter as the gunman fired between 50 and 100 bullets 

Rep. Joe Barton was at the field with his young son (left) They were able to take shelter as the gunman fired between 50 and 100 bullets 

Sen. Flake (left) called Scalise's wife to inform her her husband had been shot. After the shooting, many of the men went straight to the Capitol still wearing their baseball gear including Rep. Rodney Davis (right)
Sen. Flake (left) called Scalise's wife to inform her her husband had been shot. After the shooting, many of the men went straight to the Capitol still wearing their baseball gear including Rep. Rodney Davis (right)
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

Sen. Flake (left) called Scalise's wife to inform her her husband had been shot. After the shooting, many of the men went straight to the Capitol still wearing their baseball gear including Rep. Rodney Davis (center) and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (right) 

Sen. Rand Paul (left) and Rep. Mo Brooks (right) were also at the practice but were not injured. They helped treat the wounds of the injured with their belts and cloths until emergency services arrived
Sen. Rand Paul (left) and Rep. Mo Brooks (right) were also at the practice but were not injured. They helped treat the wounds of the injured with their belts and cloths until emergency services arrived

Sen. Rand Paul (left) and Rep. Mo Brooks (right) were also at the practice but were not injured. They helped treat the wounds of the injured with their belts and cloths until emergency services arrived 

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

Vice President Mike Pence cancelled a scheduled speech in order to meet with the president at The White House. 

By mid-morning, the president had canceled a planned 3:00 p.m. event at the Department of Labor that was to have focused on his apprenticeship initiative. 

All members of the House of Representatives were summoned to a private 11:15 a.m. briefing about the shooting investigation, and all votes were canceled for the day.

Scalise is the Republican majority whip in the House of Representatives – the congressman responsible for counting votes and maintaining party discipline.

The Louisianan, a 51-year-old father of two, is counted among conservatives in Congress who tend to back President Donald Trump's more controversial initiatives, including calling his famous travel ban a 'prudent' measure. he endorsed Trump unreservedly last year. 

President Trump said Scalise would make a full recovery. He paid tribute to him as a 'true friend and patriot' 

President Trump said Scalise would make a full recovery. He paid tribute to him as a 'true friend and patriot' 

First Lady Melania Trump shared her prayers for the victims and thanked police and paramedics who attended the attack 

First Lady Melania Trump shared her prayers for the victims and thanked police and paramedics who attended the attack 

Scalise came under fire in 2014 for remarks he made in 2002 at a conference run by a group that he later learned was a white supremacist organization.

The infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who founded the group, blasted Scalise as a 'sellout' for apologizing.

The congressional baseball game is an annual tradition pitting members of the Democratic and Republican parties against each other. The game is set to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park.

Democratic members of Congress canceled their own baseball practice on Wednesday morning after news broke about the shooting. Many of those lawmakers gathered to pray for their political opponents in a concrete dugout before leaving under the guard of a Capitol Police escort. 

As talk in Washington turned to the political ramifications of a high-profile shooting that affected lawmakers, fault lines began to emerge.

'This kind of mindless violence must stop,' California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement that hinted at her longstanding support for gun-control laws.

'I'm dedicated to doing all I can to putting an end to these senseless tragedies.'

There was heightened security in the capitol after the shooting on Wednesday morning 

There was heightened security in the capitol after the shooting on Wednesday morning 

Officers outside the Capitol Building remained alert after the shooting on Wednesday 

Officers outside the Capitol Building remained alert after the shooting on Wednesday 

On the other side of the aisle, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he doesn't know who the shooter is 'or how he got a gun.'

'We've got plenty of gun laws,' Graham told a Bloomberg reporter. 'I own a gun. I don't go around shooting people with it.'

'People get shot, run over by cars, stabbed, it's just a crazy world,' he said. 'If we had that debate it'd end like it always ends. We're not going to tell law-abiding people they can't own a gun because of some nut-job.'

'One thing I hope we'll all do is just watch our words a little bit,' Graham added. 'Knock down the rhetoric. That'd be a good thing.'

In corners of the U.S. Capitol where business resumed as usual, the shooting seemed to hit home.

'Several members of this committee were there,' Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California declared as he convened a hearing featuring Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

'This is a sad day for our country.'

'We still don't have all the details,' said Royce, 'but we do know that there are those who want to use acts of violence to create chaos, to disrupt our democracy.'

'The American people will not let them win.'  

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A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington, officials said. Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital, according to one congressional aide. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

President Donald Trump said he was “deeply saddened by this tragedy” and was monitoring developments.

The shooting occurred at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice. Alexandria police said a suspect was taken into custody and “not a threat.”

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was at second base when he was shot.

“I was looking right at him,” Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. “He was a sitting duck.”

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot.

Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as “a hip wound.” The Alabama lawmaker said he colleague “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”

“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said Scalise’s wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot.

Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader. He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature.

Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the field when she heard “a lot of shots, probably more than 20.” She said the shooting “went on for quite a while.”

Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter. She said the officer had gotten out of a parked car, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired.

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and “saw the shooter.”

“Please pray for my colleagues,” Duncan said.

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Comment by Jessy on June 17, 2017 at 12:52pm

I agree with you conscious about the black officers who saved white Republicans from a massacre.   Black folks will still be treated like garbage in this country.  Look what happened in the Philando case.  The cop who killed him was acquitted!  While they are killing us, we are saving their hide from being killed.  SMH.

Comment by conscious1 on June 16, 2017 at 12:42pm

Two black officers placed their lives on the line for a bunch of white republicans who do not advocate on behalf of people of color.  If it weren't for these officers everyone of those representatives would have lost their lives.  Ain't that some shyt.  They take our lives and we stand up for theirs. 

The contradictions are blatant and ironic.  But the creator works in mysterious ways.  These are the kind of curves balls that are thrown at society to make us think and questions our better judgements...........

Now sit back and watch what their reward will be for our love.........

Comment by mr1stroke on June 15, 2017 at 10:26pm

the guy that stabbed the people was not a bernie supporter he was a white supremacist he was skin head, a racist a trump supporter 

Comment by mr1stroke on June 15, 2017 at 10:25pm

when some people feel weak, and they are tired of being tired with no one to fight for them, hey will go against those they feel are responsible, those guys are playing with people's lives, they are not doing nothing to help the people, yet getting pay with tax payer's money, and when they do something its always some dumb laws playing with other people's lives, to many of you always talk about God how you read the bible if you did you would know this is just a taste. When innocent lives are taken whether is by terror or an unfortunate even blame your government, either its government or religion, how many shooting in one day, what about the UPS worker who killed his coworkers, some people will pay for what they do others the way they never saw coming, many will rise from being weak

Comment by Jessy on June 15, 2017 at 2:05pm

This is the second Bernie supporter who harmed people.  The first Bernie supporter stabbed 2 good samaritans to death who came the the aid of 2 Muslim women he was harassing.

Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on June 14, 2017 at 5:10pm

this is to much, let us pray.. amen 

Comment by Dave on June 14, 2017 at 4:46pm
This is what they wanted.
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