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Paul Ryan turns shooting into a call for unity

Paul Ryan turns shooting into a call for unity

"He's got a ways to go", Ryan said of Scalise. "That's what leaders do and members have the responsibility to do that".

Throughout the day, those House Republicans who were targeted at baseball practice were greeted with warm embraces and back slaps from fellow members on both sides of the aisle.

In his whip campaign, he boasted about his conservative credentials and pointed out that he'd be the only GOP leader from the South, which had a major role in giving Republicans their largest House majority in decades.

The annual congressional baseball game, scheduled for Thursday, will go on as planned, lawmakers announced.

The family says in a statement Thursday that Mika suffered "massive trauma" Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice, injuring a congressman and others.

"Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. Thanks to first responders for their courageous response".

Trump said earlier on Twitter that Scalise "was badly injured but will fully recover", calling him a "true friend and patriot". Scalise is a Louisiana Republican.

Wisconsin lawmakers from across the political spectrum emphasized unity after the shooting on Alexandria Virginia. Scalise's district includes New Orleans.

Tourists continued to swarm the Capitol, listening to tour guides, their joyful mood a contrast from the lawmakers struggling to make sense of a shooting tragedy that affects thousands of people each year but has happened to them.




Turner said she even though she believes earnestly in opposing the president, she thought the Democratic Party had become too personal and too harsh in its criticism.

"There are not enough relationship-building exercises", Ryan said.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who is a doctor and veteran of the war in Iraq, and Rep. He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature.

"It's the political hate and the rhetoric that we've seen that's ratcheted up that has got to stop and that's the reason I'm here today talking to you", said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.

It was an emotional time as colleagues gathered.

As he noted the "strong emotions" among members of the House, Ryan thanked the Capitol Police for preventing "many lives" from being lost.

While most members of Congress don't have security details, it's not uncommon for there to be officers at town hall events, or checking in on local offices.

In a brief interview in a Senate hallway, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I think everybody handled it well and things seem to be under control".


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