NC Congressman Robert Pittenger praises Scalise, asks public for prayers

"Suffice it to say I believe that our officers acted, I believe, heroically today".

"I told the sheriff, 'I don't know what's the matter with that guy, but he can't be shooting like that, '" he said. "Officers of the Capitol Police returned fire and ran towards the shooter, risking their lives while saving others", Rep. Joe Barton said in a statement. "We consider this incident to be a closed incident under investigation".

Flake told reporters he was at bat during the shooting and the victims were "sitting ducks". "This was a year we wanted to get even". He said, 'K, thanks, ' turned around.

"There are going to be times when we disagree with our leadership, but ultimately, we've got to work hard to pull our leadership to the right", Scalise said, according to The Hill,"and to move a conservative agenda forward and unite as conservatives if we're going to get things done".

Duncan said that he believes the Republicans were targeted due to their political affiliation.

This morning, I awoke to reports that my local Y had bullet holes in it.

Scalise was shot in the hip and is in surgery, his office said in a statement.

Photos: Shooting in Alexandria, Va.

After House Majority Whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana was shot in the hip by a lone gunman, Wenstrup rushed to his aid to administer emergency medical attention.

According to CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave, Mika was attending the practice as a volunteer coach and was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

A spokeswoman for George Washington Hospital said two patients were brought to the facility and listed in critical condition, but declined further comment. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", his office said in a statement.

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

Bill Schaumleffel recalled that he heard loud shots being fired outside his house, which stands about 500 feet behind Hodgkinson's home. "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field".

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Wednesday that Hodgkinson showed the deputy all required firearms licenses and documentation for the high-powered hunting rifle, which he said he was simply using for target practice. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him". Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, Flake said. "He was a sitting duck". The other wounded included a congressional staffer and two members of the Capitol Police who were assigned to guard Scalise.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said staffer Zach Barth was among the wounded and was in stable condition.

The office of Republican Rep. Mike Bost, whose district includes Belleville, said it had a record of 10 contacts with Hodgkinson between June 2016 and last month.

Their practice game was being held at the YMCA baseball fields, near Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday just outside of Washington, DC.

McSally's announcement drew a standing ovation from members on the House floor.

Scalise as a House leader always has Capitol Police with him as security detail. He served as a member of Louisiana's state Legislature for 12 years before being elected to the U.S. House. When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into or on a cornfield.

"He was just walking and shooting", she said of the man, whom she described as white and wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was in the batting cage in the outfield as the gunman began firing said the officers' presence prevented a "massacre". The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

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