Congressmen Credit Capitol Police for Preventing 'Massacre'

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among those shot on Wednesday morning. "We are grateful for their service and their dedication to this country", Trump said.

On Wednesday the shooter fired repeatedly with a rifle at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, before being wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, lawmakers said.

A congressional aide said Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital.

Officers returned fire at Hodgkinson and the suspect died from his injuries.

Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed media reports that 66-year-old IL man James T Hodgkinson was the assailant and had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign last year.

The president said in a statement Wednesday that "the vice president and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely". Paul told the network that Capitol Police officers saved many lives.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said in a tweet that he was practicing with the Democratic congressional team in Washington the time of the shooting.

Palazzo is on the Republican baseball team but was not at practice because he was doing a radio interview. "I was getting down making sure my son was down", Barton said. Capitol Police were also at the scene.

Welch says Scalise played a key role in helping Vermont secure emergency federal funds after Tropical Storm Irene in the summer of 2011. He also praised the efforts of U. S. Capitol Police and other first responders.

Early reports indicate that, from behind a dugout, shots began to shatter the early bright June morning. Scalise - the House Republican Whip - was traveling with a small security detail.

The House cancelled proceedings for the day.

The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington, and will go forward as planned.

In the statement, he also said, "My thoughts and prayers are with those that were wounded in this morning's awful attack".

  • Julie Sanders