Gabrielle Giffords tweets support following baseball practice shooting

"[The gunman] would've had a tremendous advantage if we didn't have someone returning fire", he said.

Paul says "it was a killing field" because nobody had weapons to shoot back.

Scalise was among at least five people shot and he was transferred to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo surgery. Two Capitol Police officers were wounded in the shooting but they are in good condition, according to officials. "Democrats, Republicans, everyone, we must never stop fighting".

"He's loyal to the person he's assigned to protect", Brooks said of the officer.

Paul said he heard 50 to 60 shots and the shooter was near the third base.

The group was practicing for a charity match which is due to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park. He later died from his injuries, President Donald Trump said.

Gabrielle Giffords, who was the target of an assassination attempt in 2011, has spoken out on Twitter in support of those affected after a gunman opened fire on members of Congress at a community baseball field on Wednesday morning. The Alabama Republican said he used his belt as a tourniquet to help one of the victims.

Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent "deliberate attack".

Rep. Brooks told, he was on deck at a practice for the congressional baseball team when the shooting occurred.

"Several security people were hit, one of our staffers was hit, Scalise was hit", Barton said, as he described how his young son had hid from the attack.

Alexandria police said, they were responding to a "multiple shooting" in the city.

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