Rep. Steve Scalise shot in Virginia, Rep. Peter King says

Rep. Steve Scalise shot in Virginia, Rep. Peter King says

The other wounded are identified as House staffer Zachary Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika, and two members of Scalise's security detail; Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner.

Roger Williams said at around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, a gunman arrived at the practice and opened fire.

President Donald Trump called for unity in a brief statement about the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and at least four others Wednesday morning.

The suspected shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, of Belleville.

Brooks said he saw the man only for a second, and that he was shooting from a chain link fence behind the third base position on the field where the congressional group was holding its morning practice.

Sen. Jeff Flake said Scalise dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the shooting.

Alexandria police chief Michael Brown said five people were taken to hospital but it was not clear how many of those were law enforcement officers.

He is also a close friend of Rep. Steve Scalise, the House of Representative's majority whip who was shot during baseball practice.




"By him being there, he probably saved everybody else's life", he added. He was undergoing surgery at a hospital and was in stable condition.

Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene.

Mr Lee said the shooter had used a long gun and was dead.

The shooting marks the first time a sitting member of Congress has been shot since Rep.

The group were practicing for the annual Democrats versus Republicans congressional baseball game that was scheduled to be played on Thursday.

Williams, who has coached the Republican baseball team since 2013, was not shot, despite reports in some media outlets.

Trump says in a televised statement from the White House that while the political parties may have their differences, it's worth remembering that everyone who serves in Washington is here because they love the United States.

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