President Donald Trump on GOP, Scalise shooting: 'Deeply saddened'

Louisiana Representative Scalise is the number three House Republican leader.

Additionally, the House Committee on Natural Resources as chose to postpone a hearing scheduled for later today the SHARE Act (Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act), legislation that would make it easier for gun owners buy silencers.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael L. Brown told reporters in a news conference that officers received fire from a suspect and returned fire. Sen.

During practices it is closed off by Capitol Hill police, who witnesses say acted quickly to stop the shooter.

Congressman Steve Scalise proudly serves his colleagues as House Majority Whip and represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana, which stretches from the culturally distinct New Orleans suburbs to the vibrant bayous and wetlands abundant in natural resources.

Reports said that Scalise was shot in the hip in injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Donald Trump said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field", the Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN. According to reports, a gunman walked up to practice and opened fire on the baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. And in the field, I see Rep. Scalise is shot but moving, and he's trying to drag himself through the dirt out into the outfield.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where politicians and others were gathered for a morning practice at about 7am local time.

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"It is pretty well known at the neighborhood who those folks are on the baseball field and where we practice". "It's not a secret we are practising. I'm a former prosecutor and, yeah, he was going after elected officials, congressmen".

A Democrat team was also practicing early Wednesday morning, but there was no threat.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg.

For the past two years I have played in the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. "He was a sitting duck".

Congressional activity was also curtailed and police said they would put in place a "robust police presence".

"As awful as it is, it could have been a lot worse".

They hit the gunman, but not for "quite a while", Flake said.

A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked vehicle and drew a handgun, according to Filous. Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound".

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