Trump says Scalise badly injured, will recover

House Majority Whip shot at congressional baseball practice

"I was on deck, about to hit batting practice, when I heard a 'blam, '" Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told CNN. Kennedy asked. "We had 20-30 congressmen out there".

Barth is a legislative correspondent in Williams' office. "Capitol Police and SWAT are clearing the perimeter where we are". Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.

Hospital spokeswoman Susan Griffiths says their identity is not being released because of patient privacy laws.

A shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning.

Multiple law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that there was no immediate indication that the shooter had ties to worldwide terrorism. He took cover in the dugout, where he helped a congressional aide who had been shot in the leg near center field.

The White House issued a statement from President Trump: Others on Capitol Hill issued statements via social media.

President Donald Trump also canceled an afternoon event at the Department of Labor.

Scalise was undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital. "I think it was not a life-threatening wound".

The White House has been briefed on this incident.

Scalise is now a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the subcommittee on communications and technology.

Spokespersons for U.S. Sen.

Louisiana Representative Mr Scalise is the number three House Republican leader.

Brooks said the shooter continued to fire and people in the field scattered. And they went over and talked to the Speaker. He is in stable condition.

Before going into surgery, Scalise was in "good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement said.

He praised the efforts of U.S. Capitol Police and other first responders.

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No member of the Wisconsin delegation are on the Repbublican or Democratic baseball teams, which are scheduled to compete in a charity game this week. Brown declined to give conditions or identify the victims.

Police did not immediately return a call for comment from USA TODAY.

Scalise, a self-described strong conservative leader, represents the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana, which extends from the New Orleans suburbs.

The shooter was shot and wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Later, in a statement to FOX19 NOW, Wenstrup said "I'm OK". Tim Slater of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press conference that it's too soon to know if the congressmen were targeted. "God knows what would have happened if they weren't there", he said in a telephone interview. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., were also at the practice. A few minutes later, shots rang out, DeSantis said.

Williams said the gunman has been detained.

Sen. Flake told reporters that Scalise had been on second base when they all heard a "very loud shot" and saw a gunman by the third base dugout.

Brooks said Scalise was shot in the hip and was at second base and dragging himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.

Roughly 15-25 people were at the practice, including Sens.

Trump said in a tweet Wednesday that Scalise is "a true friend and patriot", adding that he "was badly injured but will fully recover".

Senior US congressman Steve Scalise has been shot at a baseball practice in northern Virginia.

Alexandria police would only confirm that a shooting had occurred and that one person was in custody. "The only weapon I had was a baseball bat".

Both @POTUS & @VP are aware of the developing situation in Virginia. 5 hit including Steve Scalise.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy", the statement said.

Mr Brooks said other people were also shot, including two police officers.

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