Trump visits DC hospital treating critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise

At least five people including Scalise were hospitalized following the attack.

Trump praised the Capitol Police officers who fired back at the shooter for their "heroism" and called on Americans to "take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe".

"I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, told The New York Times. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of US Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", the statement said. The lawmakers were practicing in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood in Virginia.

The hospital said Scalise, who sustained a single gunshot wound to the hip, is critical condition and would require additional surgeries.

United States president Donald Trump said in a Twitter message that Scalise, "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".

He was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

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

Mr Trump announced the gunman's death and called Mr Scalise, a 51-year-old Louisiana congressman, a good friend.

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Trump also met with other Capitol police officers who have gathered at the hospital and thanked them for their service.

Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN that he caught a glimpse of the gunman, and that he was shooting near a chain link fence behind the third base on the field. I probably heard 50 to 60 shots. Lawmakers who were at the practice said the shootings could have been much worse if the security detail had not been there. "The only weapon I had was a baseball bat". MedStar Washington said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that Rep. Steve Scalise "was critically injured ad remains in critical condition".

While practicing for a charity baseball game, shots rang out at a Virginia baseball field Wednesday morning.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

"There was absolutely no shelter".

FBI investigators said they are now examining the possibility that the motive for the shooting was political.

"They can't run. If they get up, they are a target".

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