Congressman faces third surgery today after ballpark shooting

Majority Whip Steve Scalise R-La. right walks to the chamber for final votes as the House and Senate rush to send President Barack Obama a budget package at the Capitol in Washington Friday Dec. 18 2015. The House easily passed a $1.14 trillion

As Republican members of Congress held an early-morning practice in an Alexandria, Virginia neighborhood in preparation for the 80th annual congressional charity baseball game, a man from IL, reportedly armed with an SKS rifle and a 9 mm pistol, opened fire in a savage and cowardly attack that apparently was politically motivated.

He's been identified by law enforcement as 66-year old James Hodgkinson from the state of IL.

Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill is among those left extremely shaken by the attack.

ORIGINAL STORYWASHINGTON (AP) - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say.

Scalise was listed in critical condition Thursday morning at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is expected to undergo more surgeries. Two congressman said they had sustained minor injuries while trying to take cover.

He and First Lady Melania Trump later visited Scalise in hospital, bringing flowers.

In a statement, President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely.

A US Capitol Police officer who was also hurt in the gun attack was also receiving treatment at the facility, situated about three miles northeast of the White House.

"Are these Republicans or Democrats?" the shooter reportedly asked before opening fire, according to news reports.

The gunman's social media posts displayed strong anti-Trump sentiment.

He said that it is known to all that GOP congressional baseball team practises at the field all the time.

Sanders swiftly responded to reports the suspect had volunteered on his presidential campaign.

Sanders said he was "sickened by this despicable act" and added that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society".

"Let me be as clear as I can be".

None of North Dakota's congressional delegation or their staff were at the Congressional baseball game practice in Virginia Wednesday morning when a shooting incident occurred there.

Sen. Rand Paul, who was also at the practice, told MSNBC that he heard between 50 to 60 shots fired by the gunman.

"I'm down on the ground helping the guy who's got a bullet hole in his leg, " said Brooks who said he was on the third base line getting ready to bat. One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle. The shooter later died from his injuries.

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