Local congressman narrowly avoids shooting at Virginia baseball field

A rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire on Wednesday on U.S. lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and three others before he was killed by police.

Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.

Scalise was shot in the hip and is now in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he underwent surgery. "The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding". Two Capitol police officers are among the wounded as well.

"I'm grateful that Special Agent Griner is in good condition in the hospital having been shot in the ankle, and Special Agent Bailey was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident", Verderosa added. The Trumps brought two large bouquets of large white flowers.

After his visit, Trump tweeted calling for prayers for the congressman. Slater said he would only confirm that Hodgkinson had a rifle and a handgun.

Investigators are still looking into the gunman's motives, but he posted anti-trump sentiments on his social media.

"I just didn't want her to wake up and learn the news", Flake said.

Sanders swiftly responded to reports the suspect had volunteered on his presidential campaign.

"While this investigation is still unfolding, I send my prayers to Congressman Scalise and the other victims who were injured", said U.S. Sen. "Let me be as clear as I can be". He denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms". Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots.

"The people I sat next to all day long were the heroes who responded today", he said about the Dignitary Protection Agency, which is responsible for standing by top members of Congress.

That sort of visceral response had left observers worrying about Mr Trump's temperament and how he might respond at a time of national crisis. "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting", he said.

"The Capitol Police protects all of us, takes risks for us", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep.

Representative James Clyburn, a Democrat, rejected the idea that the shooting was motivated by partisan politics.

Scalise, 51, is a Republican who represents Louisiana's 1st Congressional District. "I was next up at bat, so I had a batting helmet on", said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who said he clearly recognized the sound of a gun shot. "The next thing I remember was somebody on the field yelling 'Run, he's got a gun'".

Congressmen on the scene also said that multiple rounds had been fired and that the shooting "seemed to go on forever". The gunman was taken into custody and later died of his injuries.

US representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan had ducked out of baseball practice early on Wednesday when a middle-aged man in the parking lot asked them if the players in red shirts on the field were Republicans or Democrats. South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan says he believes he spoke with the shooter earlier in the morning.

Barton had arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform. "We said the our father and prayed that our friend, Steve, and that all the officers in the house aid would be okay". He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature.

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