Congressmen Credit Capitol Police for Preventing 'Massacre'

Shortly thereafter, more the police showed up.

Brooks said that Scalise was hit in the hip as he stood near second base and he watched him crawl into the outfield as the other players and coaches hit the ground.

Scalise is in critical condition after undergoing surgery, according to MedStar Washington hospital.

A gunfight ensued between the gunman and Mr Scalise's police security detail.

At least one person was shot in the chest. He was not shot by the gunman.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m. Paul said Scalise was on second base when he was shot. "In the field, I see Representative Scalise is shot but moving and he's trying to drag himself through the dirt out into the outfield".

Brooks said he and others in the dugout aided a wounded staffer until officers began firing back at the shooter.

"And we've had demonstrations every week since then - sometimes different topics, but it's the same coalitions of people on that side that don't accept the results of the election", he said.

"We were taking batting practice". I was at short stop. Gary Palmer told Roll Call.

The special agent in charge of the FBI's investigation said there was no immediate indication of the shooter's motive, and that it was too early to tell if Republicans were targeted. I think he was anglo.

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep.

His timeline was headed by a cover photograph of Mr Sanders, a United States senator from Vermont who campaigned unsuccessfully to be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate past year. A public event that had been scheduled for Trump at the Labor Department on Wednesday afternoon was canceled. Media reports said he was a 66-year-old home inspector. Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots.

Members of the protective detail for Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., are being hailed as heroes Wednesday, shining a spotlight on the little-known police force that guards the Capitol and prominent members of Congress.

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted early Wednesday that she had spoken to Capitol Police and that the officers "will be ok". Participants aren't given uniforms, instead they wear jerseys local to the areas they represent.

My prayers are with all those affected by this morning's shooting.

The Democratic team has dominated in recent times, having won seven straight games before tasting defeat past year against the Republicans.

"There was a rapid succession of shots, you know five or 10 shots", Paul said on MSNBC.

Virginia Rep. Dave Brat told CNN that he learned of the news in the gym, and that members were all standing by for more information as the news unfolded.

The Kentucky Republican said he was able to get out of the fence.

Two members of Scalise's protective detail and another congressional staffer were also injured.

Paul estimated 50-60 shots were fired between the gunman and police.

He is believed by investigators to have been a person "of strong views", the USA official said, without elaborating.

The shooter opened fire at a baseball field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, across the parking lot from Alexandria's YMCA.

Alexandria police report that the suspect is in custody.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments.

Trump tweeted about the shooting Wednesday morning. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN. "Steve Scalise is a close friend of mine". Senator Flake described how one of them had returned fire despite a leg wound - and might have brought down the attacker.

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