Republican House Whip Steve Scalise shot in Virginia shooting

CBS News reports five people were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria.

Trump praised Scalise as "a very good friend" and "a patriot", telling him that "you have not just the prayers of the entire city behind you, but the entire nation and frankly the entire world".

Six Lincoln police officers were assigned to keep watch and, Fortenberry said, another four officers were sent to the scene at Lincoln Southwest High School as the evening proceeded.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said a member of his staff was among the wounded. Rep.

Rep. Bishop spoke to Local 4 about the attack and said if it had not been for the Capital Police officers, everyone at the practice would have been killed. "I thought it was more construction going on".

Reba Winstead lives near the scene of the shooting, and says she heard at least 30 shots as she was getting her daughter dressed for school. Some of our people have been hit. Reports indicate one Congressional staffer was also wounded in the attack, but no fatalities have been reported.

Stunned and saddened by a shooter's targeted attack at a congressional baseball practice, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Lincoln said Wednesday that "the country can not continue to rip itself apart like this".

"He just got a long with everybody", he said. "It's awful. I've never experienced anything like that".

Trump said Wednesday morning that the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died. "Steve [Scalise] was on second base and we heard a very loud shot".

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Authorities did not immediately reveal why Hodgkinson opened fire. "He just decided not to shoot me, so I was very fortunate". Duncan, of SC , says he gave a description of the man to Alexandria police that "fits the picture that's being shown on TV".

According to Senator Paul, the shooting spree would have turned into a massacre were it not for Capitol Police. A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others. His website says he is a strong conservative leader who upholds the Constitution and advocates for the principles of fiscal discipline, lower taxes and conservative values.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said that Scalise had what appeared to be "a hip wound".

"He was not able to move under his own power".

Then came an explosion of gunfire, and there, near third base, was a man with a rifle. "There was not a whole lot we could do". Williams tweeted Barth was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office said Scalise's wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot.

The Louisiana congressman was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was in stable condition before undergoing surgery, Scalise's office said in a statement released shortly after the shooting. Fox broadcast a moving image of Democrat Congressmen and their staffers, who were practicing nearby, that were huddled in prayer for their Republican colleagues.

Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of NY says the House sergeant at arms will be briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill at 11 a.m. following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. It's considered a "safe" neighborhood where people walk around outside until late at night. The field is a community hub, with games and activities at all hours.

The shooter, identified as a 66-year-old IL man who had vented at Republicans on social media, fired repeatedly at the baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, of OH, a doctor and member of the U.S. Army Reserve who served as a military surgeon in Iraq, rendered medical assistance to Scalise at the scene, Flake said.

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