US Congressman Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice in Virginia

US Congressman Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice in Virginia

US Congressman Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice in Virginia

The shooter is in police custody, according to CNN. "It would have been a massacre without them".

"Our courageous Capitol Police perform a challenging job with incredible skill and their sacrifice makes democracy possible", Trump said.

The agents were identified by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as David Bailey and Krystal Griner in a statement to Congress after the shooting. Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said. Hodgkinson has reportedly been critical of Republicans and President Donald Trump on social media.

"The assailant has now died from his injuries", Trump announced from the White House.

Capitol Police chief Matthew Verderosa said during a news conference that the wounded officers are in good condition and had injuries not considered life-threatening.

Wednesday marked the first time a sitting lawmaker was shot since 2011, when then-Rep.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, officials said.

Governor Doug Ducey: "Thoughts and prayers for @SteveScalise + all affected in senseless event this morning". Neither was at the practice.

The gunman shot Scalise, R-La., in the hip area, Brooks said.

Early reports indicate that Hodgkinson was a member of a number of anti-Republican groups, one of which is called "Terminate the Republican Party".

Brooks said the shooter "appears to be a white male, middle aged".

"He was dragging his body from second base", Brooks said.

A man wielding a rifle opened fire on lawmakers and staff at a baseball practice just outside the United States capital early Wednesday, wounding a top Republican congressman and several others.

4 people shot near sports field in Alexandria on Monroe Ave. He was rushed to safety in the dugout when shots were heard, a witness told ABC News.

He said never thought he'd go to a baseball practice and "have to dodge bullets".

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and "saw the shooter". He said the gunman had "a rifle of some sort. a lot of ammo". The congressman was not at practice today.

Reps. Matt Gaetz and Dennis Ross, both of Florida, are also on the team roster. We are still working to independently confirm that.

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

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