A Texas congressman's staffer was shot at an early morning baseball practice

Senior Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was among several victims shot and wounded at a baseball practice ahead of an annual game between lawmakers

Multiple outlets have identified the alleged shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Bellville Illinois.

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries", Trump said from the White House. Officials said several other people were also wounded. "I think it was not a life-threatening wound".

"Praying for @SteveScalise and the other victims this morning".

In this CNN video clip, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) describes what he witnessed when a gunman opened fire near the third-base dugout: "I see a rifle ..."

Rep. Scalise is the House Majority Whip. In a Tweet, Trump said that Scalise was "badly injured but will fully recover".

Williams, a former minor league baseball player, has coached the GOP Congressional team since 2013, according to his office.

"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, later adding that the officers' sacrifice "makes democracy possible". Flake said the gunman was shot.

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Scalise, a Republican, was with a group of House members and staff at a baseball practice to prepare for the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game, played each summer by members of Congress.

The Arizona senator was among the first to reach Scalise, who had dragged himself from the infield to the outfield, while law enforcement tried to contain the shooting suspect.

As Brooks treated an injured staffer with a gunshot wound to his leg, "the shooter starts coming around home plate towards where we are", Brooks said.

Alexandria police received the call of an active shooter at 7:09 a.m and Capitol police were on the scene when the shooting began.

"Something I've tried to instill in my staff, the security of my staff is my number one priority". "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream".

"It's pretty well known in the neighbourhood who those folks are on the baseball field", Mr Brooks said. "It continues to fire at different people".

The incident happened at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

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