Congressman Steve Scalise, four others shot at Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field

Congressman Steve Scalise, four others shot at Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field”

"So even though he's wounded. he's trying to make sure Steve Scalise is going to be ok".

Rep. Steve Scalise was shot June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent "deliberate attack".

"Fifty (shots) would be an understatement, I'm quite sure", Flake said when asked about the total amount of gunfire, including police returning fire. "From the early reports, the quick actions of the U.S. Capitol police and Alexandria police at the scene kept this situation from being much, much worse".

The gunman, a 66-year-old IL man, fired repeatedly at the men playing on a baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. Reuters added.

Trump later visited the hospital where Scalise was recovering.

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", Trump said after the attack.

If one by-product of this shooting is that it brings our country together and strengthens the patriotism of our elected officials, then that will be a very good thing.

Mr. Hodgkinson, shot by two members of Capitol Police serving as Rep. Scalise's security detail, was transported to the hospital but died of his injuries. Sen. Scalise, 51, has represented Louisiana's 1st District since 2008.

"There was a rapid succession of shots, you know five or 10 shots", Paul said.

"We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with", Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said.

"I probably heard 50 to 60 shots, "Rand added".

Capitol Police are required to secure all events on Capitol grounds.

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A law enforcement official said the FBI would be taking over the investigation - standard procedure when federal officials are involved in attacks.

Two Capitol police officers at the scene to provide security for the lawmakers engaged the gunman with pistols, Brooks said. Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived three minutes after the first emergency call came in at 7:09 a.m. ET, and also joined the gunfight.

The only members of Congress who have security are those in leadership in both houses, which amounts to a handful of members.

"Only constitutional office holders are given (security) details", said Rep. Joseph Crowley of NY, the Democratic Caucus chairman. He said the gunman had "a rifle of some sort. a lot of ammo". Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office. His condition was not immediately known.

Ryan condemned the shooting and praised the Capitol police on the House floor later Wednesday.

The charity baseball game against congressional Democrats will go ahead as planned Thursday night, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Wednesday.

Scalise "will continue fighting to protect every citizen's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms", his website says.

The game will go on.

It started with a single pop, which for a split second was not alarming to the Republican members of Congress who had gathered for baseball practice Wednesday.

No members of the Wisconsin delegation were at the baseball practice in Alexandria Wednesday morning.

Earlier this month he used Twitter to denounce the mayor of London in the wake of a terror attack that left seven dead there. And the gunman was over by the third-base dugout with a clear view of the field and everybody on it. He took cover in the dugout, where he helped a congressional staffer who had been shot in the leg near center field.

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