President Trump, Tennessee lawmakers react to shooting at congressional baseball team practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, congressional officials say. A security barricade was established about two blocks from Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, where GOP members gather around daybreak several times a year to take batting practice and play simulated innings ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game, a fundraiser for Washington-area charities.

Capitol Police officers were at the practice when the shooting began and quickly returned fire, spokesman Matthew Verderosa said. He has since died.

President Trump tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments. We are praying for swift recoveries for those who were injured and we are thankful for the bravery and quick action of U.S. Capitol Police and local first responders to stop the attacker and treat those who were wounded. She said the shooting "went on for quite a while".

Members described Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he had been playing, and lying there until the shooter was neutralized, at which point some of them ran to assist him and apply pressure to the wound until he could be evacuated.

In a brief interview in a Senate hallway, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I think everybody handled it well and things seem to be under control".

Brooks said a security detail shot back at the active shooter. Earlier reports had said Williams was also shot, but his office says the Texas congressman was not hurt in the attack. "I just didn't want her to wake up and hear the news and not know what was going on". The Capitol Hill police, from my understanding is, like I say, incredibly courageous and probably saved the lives of everybody there.

"I'm horrified at the senseless act of violence at congressional baseball practice", he wrote.

Williams' office said the shooting occurred at around 7 a.m. (ET), and that the gunman has been detained.

"They were laying down, but then I'm seing the shots hitting the dirt, and they're trying to make a hard decision: Do we lay here, stay low and hope he doesn't hit us ... or does the shooter just advance and come close and shoot you?" said Paul.

Scalise was shot in Alexandria, Virginia as congressional Republicans practiced for the annual congressional baseball game.

One congressman at the scene indicated there might have been a political motive in the attack.

Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico, who was at the practice but unharmed, tweeted prayers for the victims.

"We had three members of Congress take shelter in our apartment", he said as sounds of emergency vehicles could be heard. "And it just went from really sort of a calm, peaceful morning to utter chaos in here".

  • Salvatore Jensen