Gunman Opens Fire At Members Of Congress As They Practice Baseball


He was rushed to safety in the dugout when shots were heard, a witness told ABC News.

(CNN) Shortly after Wednesday morning's attack on Republican members of Congress practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, Congressman Rodney Davis, still in his baseball clothes, spoke to CNN's Brianna Keilar.

A judge later returned the teen to the custody of IL welfare officials and awarded guardianship to the Hodgkinsons' neighbor, the Post-Dispatch reported. Authorities later confirmed at a press conference that the suspect is in custody.

"The first shot was kind of an isolated shot and everybody kind of looks up and says, 'Hey, what's that?'" Paul said. There's no word yet on a condition for Capitol Police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey or Tyson Foods Director of Government Relations Matt Mika.

Authorities believe Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of a cargo van and not working, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said. Their injuries were not life-threatening, he said. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of the U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues". "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this shooting".

Update 10:50 a.m.

As the current US House of Representatives Majority Whip, Mr Scalise is one of the most powerful members of Congress. Brooks says Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq, used scissors to cut Scalise's trousers to get to his wound. "He is in stable condition", his office said in a statement.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", his office said. Police did not release the suspect's identity.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has two dozen personnel on scene to conduct traces on two firearms, one rifle and one handgun.

- Several people from Texas were caught in the middle of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Arlington, Va.

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The shooting occurred around 7 a.m. ET in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, just south of Washington, D.C., and about 8 miles from Capitol Hill.

"We had three members of Congress take shelter in our apartment", he said on a live stream, as sounds of emergency vehicles could be heard.

Trump subsequently tweeted, "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. He was dragging his body from second base", Brooks said. The team was taking batting practice when a gunshot rang out and chaos erupted, lawmakers on the scene said. "At that point, people were dropping".

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) told Wisconsin's WTMJ that he believed the shooting "could have been much worse" if Scalise had not been there, due to the security detail that protects him. "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".

"What would have happened if Steve hadn't had his security staff out there?" "I'm sad that he was shot but he actually saved everybody's life by being there"'.

"It was like being in Iraq again", Wenstrup said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told MSNBC he saw shots hitting the ground near where people had dropped for cover on the baseball diamond. He said he did so to ensure that Mrs. Scalise would not find out about the shooting through the media.

Hodgkinson had arrests in his background for a series of minor offenses and at least one more serious matter.

The FBI has taken the lead in investigating the case.

President Donald Trump said in a statement that he and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the shooting and are "saddened by this tragedy".