Gunman shoots congressman, police at Virginia baseball practice

After the shooter was taken down Brooks said, he ran to Scalise - who was near second base when he was shot, and had crawled into the outfield with "a trail of blood".

Trump said that "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman.

Echoing accounts by other lawmakers who were present, Fleischmann said the shooting would "have been a lot worse" had the Capitol Police not been on duty at the game. Members of Sander's staff tweeted.

A statement from his office indicated Scalise had been shot in the hip and had already gone into surgery as of 8:45 a.m. central time. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition and in surgery. "I am grateful for the swift response from our first responders-including the U.S. Capitol Police and the Alexandria City Police Department-whose bravery helped save many lives".

President Donald Trump says he and the vice president are "deeply saddened" by news of a shooting "tragedy" at a congressional baseball game.

The congressman who was shot during baseball practice this morning has had a role in the Republican Party for years.

Brooks was on deck for batting practice, he told CNN, when he heard rifle shots and then Scalise's scream. Then-House Speaker John Boehner supported Scalise and Rep. Cedric Richmond, a black Democrat from Louisiana, also supported Scalise. "I heard him. I was close to the damn thing".

"Fortunately, the Capitol Police were there, but apparently they only had pistols", Fleischmann said. Once they were able, Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, went to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to the wound. "Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said.

"Now, that I've seen the (suspect's) photo, I've got to believe that he was the guy, " DeSantis said on MSNBC.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, said they were at the field before the shooting and briefly spoke to the suspected shooter.

The shooter has died, President Trump announced. "He had a lot of ammo". He said a security detail shot back at the shooter and that there were at least 50 to 100 shots fired. "I was getting down protecting, making sure my son was down", Barton said. Dempsey said. "We'll keep worrying about that, you go win us a gold medal'". She said he was using a long gun and exchanging fire with law enforcement officers, one of whom yelled for her to get down.

"Right now everyone is focused on praying", Bond said.

Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of NY says the House sergeant at arms will be briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill at 11 a.m. following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Calling Scalise a "friend" and a "fighters", Trump said Scalise "will recover from this assault". We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

US President Donald Trump, a Republican, said he and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the shooting and are monitoring developments closely.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, was shot Wednesday along with several others during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams says a member of his staff was shot at the baseball practice in Virginia where Rep. Steve Scalise was wounded.

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