Senator Jeff Flake recounts baseball practice shooting

Lawmakers and politicians from IL and Iowa reacted to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, during a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team.

Lawmakers noted their good fortune in having armed protectors on hand - "Thank God", they exclaimed over and over - and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll. He said the GOP members were "sitting ducks", and the Capitol Police security detail assigned to Rep. Steve Scalise likely saved their lives.

Ryan and others said that without the two officers returning fire at the gunman, identified by police as James T. Hodgkinson of IL, many might have been killed.

In a White House address, Trump said, "We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country". The president then tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to fully recover.

Johnson is part of the Republican team that will take on a team of Democratic congressional members, in the charity baseball game that is still scheduled to take place Thursday night.

"I heard a gunshot and I yelled to Trent, 'That was a gun!' And Trent looks over, he says, 'It's a shooter, '" Palmer said.

"The news from Alexandria this morning is devastating". But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time.

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Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama said that the team was taking batting practice while he was playing shortstop and Rep.

"I got Steve Scalise's phone and called his wife", said Sen. "I think the guy shot at Kelly and missed him".

The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen. "He has a security detail there", Meehan said.

Duncan said in the past, people have tried to look through the fence and the shooter was not seen any differently. "We took cover behind the big block building".

Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said the area where the shooting took place was a normal residential recreation park.

"He just walked up and said "Excuse me sir, can you tell me are these Democrats or Republicans practicing today, '" Duncan said".

The wounded Capitol Police officers were identified as David Bailey, who was treated for a minor injury, and Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle.

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