ND congressional delegation comments on shooting incident

Fortunately, U.S. Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner returned shots and subdued Hodgkinson, preventing more injuries. I would ask that everyone join us in praying for those who were hurt in this attack and also for our country.

"Viva Puerto Rico libre!"

The gunman opened fire from the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as the group practiced batting at 6.30am, Paul said on CNN.

The special agents were among several people hit by Hodgkinson's bullets. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected". One key new focus was training for all officers on how to confront an active shooter, according to Rubard Gillus, who retired in 2011 after two decades as a Capitol Police officer. "Today and every day, I am grateful to our Capitol Police and our strong Congressional community".

Last month, new Chief of Police Matthew Verderosa testified in front of the same committee, requesting $426 million that would be used to recruit and train an addition 72 officers, 48 civilian workers and replace outdated screening equipment. Rank-and-file members receive protection outside of the Capitol if the police believe someone has made a credible threat against their safety.

Most congressional observers have said the number of security personnel increased after September 11, 2001. The force now has about 1,770 officers.

Both officers fatally shot Hodgkinson in the gun battle. Another suffered a cardiac event after returning to his office from a crime scene. "Chuck" Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), a member of the GOP ball team who spent hours recounting the incident to reporters still wearing his practice outfit and clutching his ball cap. The report noted more than 12,000 people have been members.

"And then finally we heard a response from the Capitol Hill Police". Local police may also guard members in their home districts. "Because if you don't have a leadership person there, there would have been no security there".

"There's usually a Capitol Police officer in a auto in a parking lot several hundred yards away but no one on near the field like the Scalise detail was", said Matt Dinkel, the spokesman for Rep. Mike Doyle, the Democratic team's coach. This can not and must not become the norm in America - we must do more than simply offer thoughts and prayers, we must work to change the tenor of discussion to keep those predisposed to violence from finding an acceptable mentality to grapple onto.

Thirty-three minutes later came the blast. These acts of violence have no place in our society.

Griner and Bailey are both on the security detail of Scalise, a man who has enthusiastically spent his career attempting to marginalize gay folk and likened himself to "David Duke without the baggage". His family released a statement saying paramedics told them Mika was shot multiple times and is in critical condition.

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