Gunman fires on congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding several

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A gunman wielding a rifle opened fire on Wednesday on Republican U.S. lawmakers practicing near Washington for a charity baseball game, wounding senior Republican leader Steve Scalise and several others before being fatally shot by police. The Alexandria Police said that they had the suspect in custody and that the shooter is "not a threat". He is listed in stable condition, his office said.

Congressional aides and two Capitol Hill police officers were also shot. Alexandria police say other officers arrived three minutes after the first 911 call and two of them joined the gunfight, according to USA Today. Scalise was shot in the hip and underwent surgery, according to a statement released by his office. The congressman spoke to his wife on the phone and was in good spirits before going into surgery at Washington MedStar.

"Please pray for my colleagues", Duncan said.

He adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, still in his baseball uniform, told reporters that a shooter came out to the practice and opened fire, shooting at Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., who plays third base. But then I thought, Well, we are in the city, we're not in the country here. "I heard him. I was close to the damn thing". Get down!' I laid down on the ground.

- Congressman Robert Pittenger of North Carolina's Ninth District made a statement concerning the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others during a congressional baseball practice by a suspect who is now confirmed dead.

"It is just a madhouse here", Fleischmann said. "Pop, pop, pop, pop - it's a sound I'll never forget". Paul also noted that the only reason everyone present didn't die was because Capitol Hill police were present - and that their presence, ironically enough, was because Scalise, a GOP whip, is a part of the House leadership.

"We heard a very loud shot" during batting practice", Flake said.


After the incident was reported, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who was there when the shooting happened, told CNN "there must have been 50 to 100 shots fired".

After tending to Scalise, Brooks said, "Shortly thereafter the police showed up, and a helicopter landed in center field and took away whomever the folks decided was the most wounded, most critical".

"Right now everyone is focused on praying", Bond said. Scalise was standing in the in the infield and fell where he stood.

"He was not able to move under his own power".

"I saw the officer get hit, kind of slumping near the SUV", Filous said. "There was not a whole lot we could do". She was shot in the leg or foot and is recovering at a local hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter.

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

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA -A gunman who has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, opened fire on Republican legislators Wednesday morning as they were holding a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, according to FOX News.

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