Rokita Statement About Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, in the Del Ray section of Alexandria - a quiet community made up of restaurants, small businesses, lots of families.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

The group were practicing for the annual Democrats versus Republicans congressional baseball game that was scheduled to be played on Thursday.

Police said the suspect's motive is unknown at this point. He is among the five injured, police said.

Two Alexandria police officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, according to Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition".

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected".

"My thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Scalise and the staff who were injured during today's tragic act of violence".

UPDATE: 9:44 A.M.: This article was updated to show police said five people were transported to local hospitals. "I wish Congressman Scalise a quick recovery, so he may continue the work of the people in Washington, as well as the members of the Capitol Police and the aide to Congressman Williams", Parson said. On Twitter on Wednesday, he simply said: "Oh my god", in reaction to the ballpark shooting.

The practice ended quickly after between 50 and 100 shots were fired by an unidentified shooter who stormed the park. Police are not yet identifying the victims or the suspect.

Susan Griffiths, a spokeswoman at the George Washington University Hospital, said two people from the shooting were being treated at the hospital, both in critical condition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has 24 personnel on the scene; the ATF is conducting urgent traces on one rifle and one handgun.

A gunman opened fire during an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress on Wednesday, reportedly firing dozens of shots at a field in Alexandria, Va.

His fellow Republicans came to his defense as Democrats called on Scalise to resign his leadership post. Jeff Flake said Mika was the most seriously injured. Williams said he was not shot but that a member of his staff was and is receiving medical attention.

Ron DeSantis said he was walking to vehicle with a colleague and described to Fox News an exchange he had with a man, who was unarmed: "There was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there".

Mo Brooks, the Republican Representative for Alabama, said several other people were also hit, including two law enforcement officers. "He had a rifle and I think he had an automatic pistol, but I wouldn't swear to it".

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks said.

According to reports, multiple shots were fired.

"I was the first out to Steve", he recalled, explaining that Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), a doctor, began to treat Scalise after the attack was halted.

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