Gun used in Scalise shooting was legally purchased assault rifle


Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to condemn "in the strongest possible forms" the violent actions of the man police say shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others, including two Capitol Police officers.

President Donald Trump decried the shooting of a top House Republican on Wednesday as a "very, very brutal assault" and called for all Americans to set aside differences and pray for the recovery of the victims. Authorities also recovered a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol, though it was not clear if it was used in the attempted massacre.

Republican lawmakers were practicing at a baseball field in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia ahead of Thursday night's annual charity game against their Democratic counterparts when Hodgkinson fired a volley of shots. At the time of the shooting Scalise, the third highest-ranking member of the House of Representatives, was being protected by Capitol Police security detail.

The shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice Wednesday could have been motivated by heightened partisanship, a Republican congressman who survived the attack told CNN. Spokespersons for Scalise said the congressman is in stable condition. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", MedStar said in a statement put out by Scalise's office. The suspect was apprehended, and the five people wounded were taken to area hospitals.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told local ABC-TV Scalise was shot in the left hip.

The gunman was also shot by the police in retaliatory fire. He will need additional surgeries, the hospital said.

Witnesses said the shooter was able to get off about 50 rounds before the bloodshed came to an end.

The White House described the mood as "emotional".

But as the House resumes business as usual, as best it can one day after the shooting, Palmer says the country is "fraying at the edges". When asked by The New York Daily News, Sanders says he believes gun manufacturers and dealers should be able to be sued "when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people".