Rep. Steve Scalise and others shot at congressional baseball practice

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Five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA), were shot Wednesday morning during a Congressional baseball practice.

The shooter has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois.

He praised "their bravery and reaction, which is like that of so many of our law enforcement officers across the country". He was charged in 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle.

Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives. I see a rifle. and I see a little bit of a body. He speculated that the shots came from behind the third-base line and estimated hearing about 50 or 60 from what a weapon he said sounded like an AR-15.

We also commend the fearless first responders from Alexandria Police Fire and Rescue, who rushed to the scene.

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

Scalise was taken into surgery Wednesday morning, according to Scalise's office. The Alabama lawmaker said his colleague left a trail of blood as he crawled away: "We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip".

Two Capitol police officers shot Wednesday have been identified as Krystal Griner and David Bailey. Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California both spoke on the floor issuing calls for unity.

"After that we heard a succession of shots - five, 10, 15 shots in a row", Paul said. "He said, 'I'm thirsty.' Obviously, you don't know how much fluid he may be losing internally". Williams says Barth is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery. Hodgkinson appeared to be a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter who volunteered for the senator's presidential campaign. He also tweeted his "thoughts and prayers" from his account.

"A guy. walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there", he said.

Ryan challenged the lawmakers to remember the reason they serve.

It also highlights their vulnerability when they are in public.

Congressman Scalise is a friend - and a very good friend.

[Scalise] goes down but is moving, and is crawling towards the outfield ... The FBI later said the gunman wounded four people.

Today, the Capitol Police force employs more than 1,700 officers who patrol the Capitol grounds and provide protective services to top lawmakers and their families.

A law enforcement official, who was not authorised to speak by name, said the shooting was being regarded as a criminal act and not an act of terrorism. He was rushed to safety in the dugout when shots were heard, a witness told ABC News.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., described what he said was a "very strange" encounter with a man shortly before the shooting. She said the shooting "went on for quite a while".

The shooting marks the first time a sitting member of Congress has been shot since Rep. "We should all be extremely grateful for Capitol Police this morning and the other first responders on the scene for their heroic work". Officials said he was shot in the hip, and that his condition is unknown at the time.

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