Congressman Among Four Shot At Baseball Field In Virginia

His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Steve Scalise is the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House, and has the hard job of trying to keep order in the fractious party ranks and rounding up votes for bills. Members of the Capitol Police Department were also wounded. The practice session was nearly over when the shooting occurred, he said.

Carter says, "At about 7:15 a couple of security officers came in, which is very unusual because we only have members in there". And they went over and talked to the Speaker. "And, you know, the look on his face was disturbing".

Mr Scalise, the House of Representatives majority whip, is understood to be in a stable condition.

The security service for the U.S. Capitol began with a single watchman when Congress first moved to Washington from Philadelphia in 1800.

President Donald Trump voiced sadness Wednesday after a shooting at a baseball practice in a Washington suburb left a top congressman and several other people wounded.

Michael L. Brown wouldn't identify them or give their conditions.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is 'sickened by this despicable act, ' and says the Scalise shooter apparently volunteered on his campaign.

Police have one person in custody.

"Reports indicate they took swift action to take down this madman and render aid", Edwards said.

At the Kansas capitol building, Capitol Police officers, part of the Kansas Highway Patrol, have "increased visibility" of the Statehouse, Lt. Terry Golightley said. He represents Louisiana's 1st congressional district and has been serving in Congress since 2008.

Berg said Duncan plans to give police a statement about the interaction.

The victim of that shooting, Gabrielle Giffords, is no longer in Congress and has waged a years-long struggle to recover. Law enforcement officials are still investigating the motive behind the shooting.

Congressmen said he had a rifle and fired dozens of rounds before Capitol Police opened fire.

A staff member of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was among those shot, according to a statement from his office.

"We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with", Brooks said. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said his team was practicing when they heard about the attack on the Republicans. Jeff Flake told reporters on the scene.

Bishop said Scalise was standing on second base when the shooter opened fire.

Brooks said the Scalise "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

President Donald Trump Tweeted that Scalise is "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

Authorities confirmed that Capitol Police officers were on scene when the shooting happened and exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

A baseball game was scheduled for Thursday, according to Roll Call.

President Trump responded to the attack, saying he was "deeply saddened" by the violence and is expected to make a statement.

The incident injured five people injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. "We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in nation of safety and peace and that we are strongest when we are unified and work together for common good". CNN has reached out to Capitol Hill police for details.

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