Eyewitness captures video of shootout at GOP baseball practice


Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter.

As they learned of the shooting, the White House quickly canceled a presidential event on apprenticeships at the Labor Department and scuttled any plans for a briefing. The other wounded included a congressional staffer and two members of the Capitol Police who were assigned to guard Scalise. The agents were hailed as heroes.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident. Get well soon, my friend. "Now after today I wonder whether or not I will ever feel safe going to a baseball field to a practice like that", Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, of Tennessee's 3rd District said. "If you were to run out while the killer was still shooting, he could have shot anybody", he told reporters. "I never thought I'd play a baseball game for charity, got to practice at 6:30 in the morning and have to dodge bullets".

He would also not confirm a report by CBS that the gunman was welding a high-powered semi-automatic assault rifle.

"It is just a madhouse here", Fleischmann said. "It's disgusting. I've never experienced anything like that".

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said "saw the shooter". "So, fortunately, she hadn't, and I was able to tell her that he looked to be stable and we were with him".

UPDATE: Suspect is in custody and not a threat.

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. Bernie Sanders, who took to the Senate floor to condemn "this despicable act". "And let me be as clear as I can be: violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society".

Police say they have many witnesses to interview and are working with the FBI to collect evidence and continue the investigation.

It is "too early to tell if they were targeted or not", he said of the Republican lawmakers. "I just didn't want her to wake up and learn the news", Flake said.

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"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", his office said in a statement.

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

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 a news conference. Mika's condition was not immediately available.

Rep. Tim Ryan at baseball practice in 2015.

He also "liked" a political cartoon that suggested Scalise should be fired.

Hodgkinson's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

"Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy, " he said.

A gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional team practice Wednesday and at least one congressman was wounded, authorities said.

The attack happened at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, outside Washington, at around 7am. The field serves as a community hub, with games and activities at all hours. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries. Participants aren't given uniforms, instead they wear jerseys local to the areas they represent. "But I think what's also disappointing, is when you have these tragedies, unfortunately there are people - Washington politicians - that try to take advantage of those tragedies to then come behind and try to impose their agenda", he said at the time.