She calls it shocking and scary: the shooting of a fellow member of Congress during practice for a charity baseball game.
“This is gonna have to cause all of us to re-evaluate the security, and to make prudent decisions,” local Rep. Vicky Hartzler says. “I don’t think we need to go overboard here, but you have to be wise.”
Capitol Police returned fire on the gunman who hurt five people in the shooting at a ball field Wednesday. They were there as members of Steve Scalise’s security. Only leaders in the U.S. House have a permanent detail.
The Wake Up Columbia interview on Thursday with Hartzler:
The Associated Press reports GOP House Whip Steve Scalise “will be in the hospital for some time,” according to the facility where he is recovering from a gunshot. His House colleagues paid tribute to him at their annual charity baseball game, while law enforcement tracked the path the shooter traveled to his ballfield carnage.
Investigators studying Wednesday’s attack at a suburban Virginia park says shooter James Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. Capitol Police say they have “no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful.”
As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their baseball game, played this year in Scalise’s honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had “improved in the last 24 hours.”