Friday, 18 August, 2017

Trump decries shooting of top Congressman, calls for unity

Regular here The shooter showered at the YMCA and was'living out of his gym bag according to another daily user Regular here The shooter showered at the YMCA and was'living out of his gym bag according to another daily user
Kelley Robertson | 15 June, 2017, 01:58

Congressman Rodney Davis was standing at home plate when shots rang out during Republican team batting practice for a charity baseball event to be held against Democrats.

Paul spoke with MSNBC from the baseball field, where the congressional members had been ordered to shelter in place.

Buddy Carter and Rick Allen, as well as South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford are all safe following the shooting at a GOP Congressional baseball practice. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was hit in the hip.

Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St. Louis, said in an interview Wednesday that he became friendly with Hodgkinson during their work together in Iowa on Sanders's presidential campaign.

- I got to witness the heroism of the Capitol police that were there that was part of Steve Scalise's detail. But I'm here because we're all Americans. "I thought it was construction noise but the next thing I heard was someone yell 'run, he's got a gun", Davis said during a conference call Wednesday afternoon.

Fake address Hodgkinson set up a P.O. box at this UPS store but gave it a fake apartment number to suggest it was an acutal home
Fake address Hodgkinson set up a P.O. box at this UPS store but gave it a fake apartment number to suggest it was an acutal home

Davis said members left the dugout and went behind cover and eventually moved across the street, behind cover and cars. "So even though he's wounded. he's trying to make sure Steve Scalise is going to be ok".

"My first instinct was that they were coming from the 3rd base side and I couldn't see the shooter", the senator told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, "Im looking around to determine if there is one shooter or two shooters". "And also the Cap police that were injured, they're the heroes, they're the ones that saved us because they were able to fire back at this maniac". Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who was tending to a wounded aide. said the officers were "90 to 120 feet away", which favored a rifleman over the officers armed with handguns.

Davis said seeing Scalise lying motionless on the ground is something he'll never forget.

"I stand here today and say stop, we have to stop", Davis said, urging the country to come together as Americans, not Republicans and Democrats. "This has got to stop".

He was the worst of us but he's bringing out the best in us. That's why I'm still here bloodied, in my uniform still and I've had a chance to go clean up but it's that important that the message gets out that hatefulnesss, this political rhetoric hate - this could be the first political, rhetorical terrorist act and that has to stop. This is his "breaking point", he said. "We have the right to elect our leader and vote for them if we disagree". "I thought he was dead", Davis said.

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