Trump calls for unity after shooting of top Congressman

Trump calls for unity after shooting of top Congressman

Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan says he suspects he spoke with the man who minutes later opened fire on the congressional baseball practice.

"I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign", he said.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was transported to MedStar Washington and underwent surgery. Earlier reports had said Williams was also shot, but his office says the Texas congressman was not hurt in the attack.

Two Capitol Police officers showed "incredible bravery", Brooks said, describing how they used their pistols to engage in a gunbattle with a man armed with a rifle, from a distance of 90 to 120 feet. They said that the victims were being taken to hospitals.

Wenstrup, a physician and an Iraq War veteran, told Fox News, "I felt like I was back in Iraq but without my weapon ..." Several other people were also wounded, and at least two were in critical condition.

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks said. The Vermont senator said he was "sickened" by the shooting.

Police have shut down numerous roads surrounding the baseball diamond.

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Speaker Ryan identified the wounded Capitol Police officers as David Bailey and Crystal Griner.

Taking cover behind a tree, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told CNN. He said Scalise dragged himself into the outfield to get farther away from the shooting. "Our lives were saved by the Capital Hill Police". "It would have been a massacre without them".

Paul continued to paint a bleak picture of the situation on the baseball field. "The field was basically a killing field".

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he's grateful for the Capitol police, including the security detail that works around the clock to keep him and his wife, Elaine, safe. Williams has been the coach of the baseball team since he joined Congress in 2013. Lawmakers who were at the practice said the shootings could have been much worse if the security detail had not been there. His son, who was in attendance, was hiding behind an SUV.

Members were nearly breathless as they described the heroism of Capitol Police members who continued to shoot at the attacker despite being injured themselves. Security has been tightened at the White House, officials said.

"He was hitting the dirt around us out in right field, so it was a risk to stay and a risk to go, but we chose to go ahead and make a run for it, and we had to climb a couple more fences at that point to get out".

The Capitol Police officers who were injured are "in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point", Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at the news conference. "I am also a proud member of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants".

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