Trump Sends Thoughts and Prayers to 'True Friend and Patriot' Scalise

The department says it has deployed directed patrols, including its Critical Response Command and Strategic Response Group to certain government locations, to City Hall and other government sites.

People gather near the scene of an early morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, of OH, rushed to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's side Wednesday morning, as a stream of blood trailed behind the Louisiana congressman. In a Tweet, Trump said that Scalise was "badly injured but will fully recover". He's receiving hospital treatment, the company said.

After the incident was reported, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who was there when the shooting happened, told CNN "there must have been 50 to 100 shots fired".

U.S. Capitol Police say the officers wounded while responding to the shooting of a congressman are expected to survive.

Trump calls Scalise, the House majority whip, a very good friend and says he is a fighter and a patriot.

"He had a lot of ammo", Flake said, adding that he believed the shooter was using a rifle. While we don't yet know the full scale of the casualties this morning, we do know that this attack would have been inestimably worse without the presence of the courageous men and women of the Capitol Police, some of whom are among the wounded. President Trump said the gunman has died. Before that, he was a member of the Louisiana House and the Louisiana Senate, serving from 1996 to 2008.

Brooks said he heard Scalise scream and saw him dragging himself toward right field, leaving a trail of blood.

Capitol police, already on scene, exchanged gunfire with the shooter, according to reports.

President Donald Trump said he's "deeply saddened" by the news. Thoughts and prayers are with my colleagues and staff at the Congressional baseball practice this morning.

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks told CNN.

"Please pray for my colleagues", Duncan said. The gunman opened fire all over the field, and Republican lawmakers were forced to try and take cover wherever they could, as escape was virtually impossible.

After the shooting, many members of Congress began posting messages on Twitter, offering thoughts and prayers, and assuring their own constituents they were not among the victims. He said he did so to ensure that Mrs. Scalise would not find out about the shooting through the media. The statement says, "The incident involved a member of Congress and USCP personnel". Scalise was reportedly shot in the hip. Palmer said it appeared the shooter was first aiming at Congressman Trent Kelly, but missed.

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