Shooting

Shooting of Capitol Police Officers Was Turning Point for Department
20 years later, department has seen budget nearly quadruple as concerns rose

Members of the United States Capitol Police honor guard stand with a wreath during the annual United States Capitol Police memorial service on May 8 honoring the four USCP officers who have died in the line of duty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson while protecting the U.S. Capitol from a gunman'’s attack on July 24, 1998. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It has been 20 years since a man with a gun walked into the U.S. Capitol and went on a shooting rampage that killed two Capitol Police personnel and set off two decades of hardening security around Capitol Hill.

Security protocols have ramped up everywhere from airports to museums, and much of the change is attributed to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. But on Capitol Hill, the deaths of Detective John M. Gibson and Officer Jacob J. Chestnut on July 24, 1998, prompted big changes even before the attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

Man Fatally Shoots Himself Outside North Fence of White House
President Donald Trump, at his resort in Florida, briefed

A man shot himself Saturday outside of the north fence line along the White House. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man fatally shot himself outside the White House Saturday, according to the U.S. Secret Service. 

“The subject approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House," the Secret Service said in a statement.

Democrats Push Bill They Say Could Have Prevented Parkland Shooting
Measure would provide states grants for passing Gun Violence Restraining Order laws

California Rep. Salud Carbajal and other House Democrats are pushing a bill in the wake of a Florida high school shooting that would reward states that create laws to allow courts to authorize temporary removal of guns when an individual poses a threat to themselves or others. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of House Democrats on Friday highlighted a bill they’ve authored that they say could have prevented Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 dead.

The bill would authorize a federal grant program for states that enact Gun Violence Restraining Order, or GVRO, laws. These statutes allow law enforcement or family members to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from a person’s possession if they pose a threat to themselves or others. If passed, a separate appropriation measure would be needed to provide the funding for the grants.

Scalise Readmitted to ICU Amid Concerns Over Infection
First downgrade in majority whip’s condition since baseball shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday amid new concerns about infection. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is in serious condition amid new concerns for infection, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night.

The update marks the first time the hospital has downgraded the Lousiana Republican’s condition since he was shot in the hip during the GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, three weeks ago.

Scalise Still in Critical Condition But Vitals are Stabilized
Doctor says internal bleeding under control

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., remains in critical condition after being shot Wednesday during Republicans’ congressional baseball practice in Alexandria. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Lindsey McPherson and Niels Lesniewski 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Jack Sava, the hospital’s director of trauma, said Friday. 

Baseball Practice Shooter Legally Purchased Guns, Police Say
Authorities recovered handgun and rifle at the scene

Alexandria Police stand next to a SUV with a shattered window across the street from Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A gunman who opened fire Wednesday at the Republicans’ practice session for the Congressional Baseball Game legally purchased the handgun and a rifle found at the scene, police said.

James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded five people at the morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and a current and former Hill staffer. He later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police, shortly after he opened fire. Police recovered a 9mm handgun and a 7.26 caliber rifle at the scene.

Sanders on Shooter: ‘I Condemn This Action’
 

Sen. Bernie Sanders said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning that he was “sickened” to learn that the shooter who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball game practice was a volunteer during his 2016 presidential bid.

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Trump After Alexandria Shooting: Scalise a Patriot, Fighter and Will Recover
 

Hours after a shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others hospitalized, President Donald Trump praised the heroism of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman and promised the White House’s unwavering support to the victims.