Gunman opens fire on members of Congress at baseball practice, witnesses say

"All of my thoughts and prayers are with Steve Scalise, the congressional staff members, and the Capitol Police Officers who may have been injured in this morning's horrific act of violence". He handed out commemorative baseball bats to fellow lawmakers when he secured the No. 3 job of House whip several years ago. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues".

FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater would not comment on if the Republican lawmakers were specifically targeted, if the shooting was domestic terrorism, or on what is the motive of the shooter.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say.

A staff member of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was among those shot, according to a statement from his office.

The Alexandria Police Department said on Twitter the shooting took place at 400 Block E Monroe St.in Alexandria.

He did not reveal the names of any victims or suspects.

Alabama talk radio host Matt Murphy tweeted that he spoke with Brooks as well, saying the congressman said "five or more" people were hit.

Law enforcement has identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, according to a federal law enforcement sources.

Katie Filous, 29, said she was walking her dogs near the baseball field when the first shots rang out.

Lawmakers said the shooter, who was armed with a rifle, had exchanged fire with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene and was shot before being taken into custody.

Brooks said he was in the on-deck circle when the first shots were fired, and he and others took cover in one of the dugouts.

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From her vantage point behind a tree, she saw a security officer leave a nearby SUV and attempt to confront the shooter with a handgun.

Members said Scalise dragged himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he was shot and laid there until the shooter was neutralized. Sen. "He had crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said.

"Brad Wenstrup, a congressman from OH ... fortunately, he's a physician".

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he believes the shooter was shot.

"I got Steve Scalise's phone and called his wife", Flake said. "I just didn't want her to wake up and hear the news and not know what was going on".

"Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that Capitol Police where there", Paul said.

"Please pray for my colleagues", Duncan said. The House canceled proceedings for the day. Delivered at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday.

"But for the Capitol police and the heroism they showed, it could very well have been a large-scale massacre". Tourists are still participating in scheduled tours.

The popular annual face-off was scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington. Pitting members of one party against another, the contest supports charities ranging from the Boys and Girls Clubs to the Washington Literacy Center.

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