USA congressman Steve Scalise 'shot at Virginia baseball practice'

A gunman opened fire on members of the GOP Congressional baseball team as they practiced for a charity game. Hodgkinson died after a shootout with police.

The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson of IL, was neutralized and is in custody after Scalise's security detail engaged the shooter in a hail of gunfire.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

We watched with pride as senior Republican and Democratic leaders stood united, condemning the attack in the strongest possible terms.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, is known for his love of baseball and the late-night meals he often serves his colleagues in his office near the Capitol's ornate Statuary Hall.

In a statement earlier, Mr. Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely.

She called the Capitol police public servants and heroes.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected to the House in 2008. "Had that happened on our field, we have nothing but baseball bats". Residents were focused on morning workouts and getting coffee; a congressional contingent had driven over for an early baseball practice. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans. The man thanked him.

"I got a look at the gunman behind the backstop, and he had a line of sight into our dugout". The House canceled proceedings for the day. "We are aware the alleged shooting suspect has been named as James T. Hodgkinson", ASHI said in a statement.

Congressman Mo Brooks said he was on deck, preparing to bat, when the shooting started.

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GOP Rep. Martha McSally announced later Wednesday that Thursday's congressional baseball game will still go on.

Green, who is black, said the callers called him the N-word and said he should be lynched.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, Sen. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was hospitalized. Brooks reported that 50 shots, maybe as many as 100 shots were fired at the field. "It was scary", Barton told reporters.

Someone yelled to get in the dugout - and LaVor dove for cover.

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

He said other people were also shot, including two police officers. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition and in surgery. Flake, of Arizona, said he ran onto the field and also tried to come to Scalise's aide.

At some point, Flake says, it seemed that the shooter dropped his rifle and began using a handgun. But with 535 members of the House and Senate, lawmakers said it is unlikely rank-and-file members will get security details unless there is a specific threat.

Falisa Peoples was just leaving the YMCA next to the ball field when she saw the shooter open fire. "And it just went from really sort of a calm, peaceful morning to utter chaos in here". She said the officer was then evacuated by helicopter.

The victim of that shooting, Gabrielle Giffords, is no longer in Congress and has waged a years-long struggle to recover. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and regularly appear in public without protection. The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep.

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